Your leg was wrapped with a compression bandage and/or support hose. You may take the wrap off one hour after the procedure and then use your compression hose or stockings. Compression is to remain on for 48 hours (night and day) and then daily for 1-2 weeks. You may experience some leakage from the fluid that has been put into your leg, this is normal. Should you have problems, discomfort or feel numbness in your foot or toes, please contact our office immediately. The benefit with compliance will be a reduction in bruising, swelling and pain.
You will be expected to walk immediately after your procedure. We want you moving for a period of 2 hours. Normal activity can be resumed but strenuous exercise can cause the vein to reopen, so please avoid hot baths and vigorous activity such as extreme gym workouts until at least 2 days following your procedure. Do not sit or stand for long periods of time. Elevate your legs above your heart to reduce swelling if present.
Recovery is usually trouble free; however you will have some discomfort for at least two weeks. Taking Advil or Aleve daily according to box directions (with meals) will help with the discomfort that you may have and is recommended for at least 3-4 days. It is normal to feel a “tightening” sensation in your leg after a couple of days, and it may last for a few days. Aspercreme to tender areas may reduce pain. As with any procedure, problems can develop. If you develop an acute fever (more than 100 F or 38 C) or severe or worsening pain/swelling, please call our office.
After you vein procedure you may still have some varicose veins. Now that your vein has been treated the usually will decrease in size allowing some of the unsightly veins to fade away. Additional procedures and or ablation may be needed. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, or visual sclerotherapy may be done a month after your procedure if your veins are still visualized.
Please make sure that you have a follow up appointment after your vein procedure when all of your procedures are completed.
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If you have any concerns that are above and beyond anything in these instructions, don’t hesitate to call your vein specialists office or after hours line. If you still are worried seek medical attention.
Summary: Walk and stay active, wear compression, take Advil or Aleve for 4-5 days, come to your follow up appointment.
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