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What should I do after getting treated for varicose veins?

This question was asked in Dover Township, New Jersey and has 7 answer(s) as of 02/05/2013.
What can I do after my varicose veins treatment to make it the most effective?


Doctors Answers (7)

After treatment of varicose veins, you will be asked to wear a compression stocking. This is believed to improve the results for varicose veins.

Wear your compression stocking as directed . stay active and fit . these important health measure will help lessen the chance or developing new veins in the future.

After your procedure, you will be encouraged to walk. This will strengthen s muscles, in the calf. The calf muscles are the muscles which propel the blood flow up the legs and back to the heart. If you have skin thickening or swelling in your legs prior to procedure, then you venous problems are more advanced. I recommend continued use of knee high support socks or hose. Avoidance of prolonged sitting or standing is beneficial, as is occasionally elevating your feet for a few minutes at a time during the day, if you are able.

Following your doctor's post-procedure instructions is important to achieving the best results. One of the most important things you can do following vein treatment is to wear compression stockings. Compression stockings help reduce bruising, swelling and minimize skin discoloration. Depending on your treatment, you may need to wear them for several weeks.

Wear compression stockings.

Following treatment of varicose veins, you should wear your compression hose for several weeks. You do not need to sleep in the hose. Avoid baths and hot water such as Jacuzzi or saunas for 1 month following treatment. Quick warm showers are fine. Avoid wearing high heel shoes and high impact exercises. Walk frequently for at least 20 minutes ever day to improve leg venous circulation.

After varicose vein treatment there are several important steps to take for optimal results. First, wear compression stockings. Your vein specialist will prescribe the type he/she thinks is best, and the length of time to wear them. Second, walk! Moderate walking is good because it keeps blood pumping through your legs which helps prevent dangerous blood clots from forming. Third, no intense exercise such as running, tennis, or boot camp for a period of time, usually a few days to a week. Fourth, no hot tubs, saunas, or other environments that would cause veins to dilate. In my practice, I have patients wear 20-30 mmHg thigh high compressions stockings for one week after procedures. They are worn continuously the first 24 hours, then after that they are worn in the daytime and taken off when going to bed. I encourage my patients to continue daily activities such as walking, driving, working, shopping, etc. If they are going home, I suggest two or three 15 minute walks a day. I do not recommend air travel or long car trips for 48 hours, but this can be modified if essential to the patient's work schedule. I ask my patients to refrain from intense exercise for one week after EVLT, RF closure, and phlebectomy. For sclerotherapy, the time is 2 days.

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