Are your varicose veins holding you back? Is the accompanying pain and swelling limiting your daily activity? Do you think the downtime from varicose vein treatment is too much for you? Think again! The treatment of varicose veins has come a long way. The minimally invasive techniques used today not only have a higher success rate, but also have almost eliminated any downtime post-procedure.
Following a treatment where veins are actually removed from your legs, patients are encouraged to walk shortly after the procedure. Individuals are able to walk out of the office and resume eating and drinking immediately. Some of the incisions used to remove the veins may have minimal bleeding for the first 24 to 48 hours, so it is important to keep the leg covered with bandages or compression stockings as advised by the physician. Compression stockings can also provide support to minimize bruising and make the healing process overall more comfortable.
Following most varicose vein treatments including vein removal, patients can return to work the same day if not the day immediately following. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders regarding any restrictions and how to care for your legs for proper healing and preventing future recurrence of varicose veins. Try these tips to help streamline your recovery and reduce your risk for developing varicose veins in the future:
- Wear compression garments.
- Elevate your legs when possible placing feet in a resting position above your heart.
- Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and avoid overexposure to the sun.
- Avoid heavy lifting, anything over 15 lbs. for the first two weeks following your procedure.
- Follow your physician’s recommendations in regards to physical activity and gradually work back into your usual routine.
- Maintain a healthy BMI, as obesity can lead to excess pressure on the veins.
- Uncross your legs and practice good posture when sitting and/or standing.
- Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.
- Watch your salt intake to help reduce water retention and swelling.
If you are avoiding seeking vein treatment because of a concern for downtime, rest assured you will not miss a beat! Outside of a few restrictions regarding rigorous exercise and heavy lifting for two weeks following a procedure, downtime is almost non-existent. Follow the tips listed above to streamline recovery and lessen your risk for the future development of varicose veins.
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