According to the National Institutes of Health, varicose veins are swollen, ropy, enlarged veins that you can see under the skin on the legs. They are common in men and women, and occur when the one-way valves in the veins become damaged or weak. Gravity causes blood to then pool in the veins rather than moving up towards the heart, causing the vein to distend.

The vein specialists at Premier Vein Clinics of Knoxville have treated more than 100,000 patients with varicose veins since 2004, and they are always happy to educate each patient on how innovative and easy vein treatments have become. Long gone are the painful “vein stripping” procedures of the past. Today’s treatments can be done in-office, are minimally invasive and are usually finished in under an hour.

Patients commonly wonder what they should expect after their varicose vein treatment. Here are three frequently asked questions:

Q: How long do I have to wear the compression stockings?

A: Your legs will be wrapped in bandages immediately after the procedure. You will wear the bandages for the next 24-48 hours, depending on your physician’s instructions, then you will wear compression stockings for the next seven days. These stockings come in three degrees of compression, and you’ll be advised which type you need.

Q: What do I need to do after the procedure?

A: Elevate your legs above heart level by propping them on pillows or the arm of your couch for 10-15 minutes several times a day. Walk around every hour for 5-10 minutes for the first few days after a vein procedure. But avoid walking excessively or exercising strenuously for at least 7-10 days. Too much blood flow could reopen the diseased vein.

Q: When will I experience relief from the painful symptoms I was having?

A: Each patient’s recovery and results are unique. Some patients feel relief right away, others notice the decrease in pain and swelling over a few days or weeks. You will have a follow up visit with your vein specialist to monitor the improved health and appearance of your legs.

If you experience painful symptoms from varicose veins, consult one of the board certified vascular surgeons at Premier Vein Clinics of Knoxville. Our vein specialists can help you determine the best course of treatment for your varicose veins. Request a consult online or call (865) 588-8229 and schedule an appointment today.