1. How soon can I resume my workouts?
Light physical activity can be resumed three days after the operation. More strenuous physical activities need to wait for two weeks. Some patients may need a little more time for recovery. In both cases, compression stockings need to be worn during the workout.
2. What should I do when my compression stockings are too uncomfortable to wear?
Compression stockings after sclerotherapy are compulsory. They play an essential part in the treatment. Compression stockings help to reduce pain and bruising after more invasive procedures i.e radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, and mini phlebectomy. Patient’s legs need to be measured and stockings are chosen accordingly for optimal comfort. In case of problems with compression stockings, it is necessary to consult with your doctor.
3. How long will the bruising persist after the procedure and can I do anything to speed up their disappearance?
Bruising and hematomas after surgery are normal – it takes usually 4-6 weeks for complete resolution. You can use heparin gel (e.gLioton 1000) to speed up the absorption of hematomas. Hematomas that fail to disappear should be seen by your doctor. Hyperpigmentation after sclerotherapy usually resolves within two months. It rarely takes longer than 12 months. Hyperpigmentation is not a subject to treatment with heparin gel.
4. How long is it normal to have a pulling sensation in the leg after endovenous ablation?
The pulling sensation in the leg usually lasts 2-8 weeks following the procedure. It is caused by the shrinking vein that was closed during the procedure.
5. How soon after the procedure can I have direct sunlight on my legs?
Direct sunlight should be avoided 4-6 weeks after vein treatment. This is the time needed for the inflammatory reaction that might cause hyperpigmentation to resolve. Following mini phlebectomy direct sunlight should be avoided even longer – up to 6 months. This helps to prevent hyperpigmentation and scar formation.
6. When can I fly?
In general flying right after the operation is not contraindicated if there are no additional risk factors. We advise using compression stockings, drinking plenty of water, walking and isometric exercises for calf muscles during flights. Always consult your doctor when planning to fly right after the procedure.
7. Is it safe to have vein treatment during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There is no scientific data concerning the safety of different vein treatment procedures performed during pregnancy. Therefore we cannot recommend invasive vein treatment during pregnancy. Patients are advised to wear compression stockings during pregnancy to reduce the symptoms caused by varicose veins. Breastfeeding is not a contraindication for any kind of vein treatment.
8. Why am I offered one and not the other vein treatment procedure?
Though endovenous treatment procedures may seem very similar, every procedure has its features. Choosing the most appropriate method for the patient depends mostly on anatomic features of the patient (e.g. diameter and position of the vein). Patient’s preferences are also taken into account.
9. How are compression stockings good for me?
Wearing compression stockings is recommended even after a successfully performed operation. It is one of the few ways to prevent progression and reappearance of varicose veins. Compression stockings are recommended while traveling, sitting or standing for long periods. Compression stockings can be the only treatment for patients not suitable for other vein treatment procedures.
10. When should I call the clinic?
In case of complications, you should always let your doctor know about it.