Endovenous Laser Varicose Vein Surgery Recovery Time
What happens after endovenous laser varicose vein surgery?
. You will be encouraged to walk right after the procedure, for about 30 to 60 minutes.
. Your leg may have some bruising. The bruises should go away in about 2 weeks.
. You’ll need to have someone drive you home after your surgery.
. The vast majority of patients experience no or little pain and can get back to normal activities straight away. A small minority experience severe pain and have to take a few days off work.
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After you go home, be sure to follow any instructions from your provider. You may be told to:
. Put an ice pack over the area for 15 minutes at a time, to help reduce swelling.
. Check the incision sites every day. It’s normal to see light pink fluid on the bandage.
. Keep the incision sites out of water for 48 hours. You may need to take a sponge bath until the bandages are removed.
. Wear compression stockings for a few days or weeks, if advised. These stockings gently squeeze your legs. This helps to prevent swelling in your legs. It can also help stop your blood from clotting or pooling.
. Not sit or lie down for long periods of time. Keep your leg raised when sitting.
. Not stand for long periods of time.
. Walk about 3 times a day for 10 to 20 minutes each time. Do this for 1 to 2 weeks.
. Keep active, but don’t run, jump, or lift heavy things for 1 to 2 weeks.
. Not take hot baths for 1 to 2 weeks.
When it comes to medicine, be sure to:
. Take over-the-counter pain medicine as needed, and only if advised by your healthcare provider. Some medicines can increase bleeding.
. Ask your healthcare provider when it will be safe to take blood-thinning medicine again, if you stopped taking it for the surgery
. Your healthcare provider may want to give you an exam at a follow-up visit. He or she may use ultrasound to make sure the laser procedure worked.
Call your healthcare provider if you have:
. Signs of infection in the treated area. These include redness, warmth, or fluid leaking from the incision.
. Swelling that gets worse, or new swelling
. Any pain that keeps you from doing your normal activities
Your healthcare provider may give you other instructions, depending on your situation.
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