Varicose veins are a common vein condition, but there are still many people who are hesitant to seek treatment. This is especially true for men, and for some women who are uncertain due to a fear of a painful surgery and a long post-operative recovery.
While this may be true for traditional vein stripping of the past, it is no longer a concern thanks to recent innovations in vein treatments. Most vein treatments now allow you to be back home within hours after the procedure, causing minimal pain and very little downtime.
Recovery After Vein Treatment
Recovery after vein treatments is shorter now in comparison to those who underwent traditional vein stripping in the past.
When it comes to recovery, it is important to follow the doctor’s recommendations. Although recommendations vary from case to case, and depend largely on the type of procedure, the following are a few recommendations to follow after undergoing vein treatment:
- Wear compression garments
Compression stockings are required immediately after the procedure. The stockings, which are typically worn for up to two weeks, can help move along the recovery process and aid in alleviating discomfort.
- Take over-the-counter pain medications
There may be mild pain and tenderness after vein treatment, typically felt in the area where the vein was closed. For mild discomfort, patients can take over-the-counter pain medication.
- Light activities
Light activities such as walking for an hour or two a day is highly recommended to prevent the formation of blood clots. It is also advised to avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time.
- Avoid hot tubs, baths, and saunas for a week
Hot water can dilate the blood vessels, which can prevent the treatment from being effective. Because of this, most doctors recommend patients avoid hot tubs, baths, and saunas for at least a week or more after the procedure.
If you’re tired of living with the appearance and discomfort caused by pesky spider and varicose veins, Premier Surgical Vein Clinic in Knoxville can help. We have vein experts who will walk you through the entire process – from screening, to treatment, to recovering after the procedure.
Request an appointment online, or call (865) 588-8229 to schedule a FREE vein screening, available for a limited time.