Pre/Post Procedure Instructions

Pre and Post Vein Surgery Instructions

  1. Pre Vein Surgery Instructions
  2. Post Vein Surgery Instructions

Pre and Post Sclerotherapy Instructions

  1. Pre Sclerotherapy Instructions
  2. Post Sclerotherapy Instructions

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Pre and Post Vein Surgery Instructions

Pre Vein Surgery Instructions

  1. Be sure to arrange for a ride home after surgery, as we will NOT permit you to drive yourself.

  2. Shower before your visit, as you will not be permitted to show until 24 hours after the procedure.

  3. All patients should shave the entire operative leg as well as 2 inches into the pubic area.

  4. Refrain from using moisturizers / lotions on the day of treatment.

  5. Do not take Aspirin-like products (Motrin, Advil, Aleve) 10 days prior to surgery unless otherwise advised by our office. Tylenol may be used if necessary.

  6. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat shoes. Do not wear light colored pants, as you may have marker on your leg and it may rub off on your clothing.

  7. Bring your compression stockings with you if you have them.

  8. Be sure to eat breakfast and be well hydrated.

  9. No caffeinated or decaffeinated beverages on the day of surgery until after the procedure.

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Post Vein Surgery Instructions

  1. The local anesthesia may last for approximately 1-2 hours after the procedure is over.

  2. Do not drive for 24 hours or travel on an airplane for 2 weeks following your procedure.

  3. You may experience mild discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. Most patients experience the greatest discomfort within the first week after the procedure as the treated vein begins to contract. This is generally described as a pulling sensation with tenderness along the treated vein.

  4. It is encouraged that you begin taking an anti-inflammatory medication (Ibuprofen 400mg) on the day of surgery and continue to take it 3 times a day for the next 7 days. This medication is recommended whether or not you feel pain, as it is very important to control the inflammatory process. Take this medication with food.

  5. After your procedure, you will have a dressing on your leg and you will be fitted with a compression stocking. Do not get the dressing wet. You may remove the dressing in 24-48 hours as instructed. After that you should continue to wear the stocking during the daytime ONLY for the next 7 to 14 days (depending on the type of procedure) removing it only to shower and sleep.

  6. Limit your activities and keep your leg elevated during the first 24-48 hours; however it is important to get up and walk. After 48 hours, we expect you to resume nearly all of your pre-procedure activities, including work. It is important to keep moving and maintain a normal activity level which will help with your healing and discomfort. It is recommended that you walk a minimum of 5-10 minutes, 2-3 times every day.

  7. Avoid strenuous exercise such as aerobics, weight training, bicycling, and running for 1-2 weeks; however, light exercise is encouraged. You should also avoid hot tubs, Jacuzzis and pedicures.

  8. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing for the first week. You may elevate your leg throughout the day to alleviate discomfort. It is recommended that patients should refrain from long travel (i.e.- car or plane rides) for a minimum of one week unless discussed with the physician.

  9. If you develop an area that is red, hot, swollen or painful, notify us immediately.

  10. If you had an ablation, return to the office within 1-3 days for an ultrasound. If you had a microphlebectomy please follow up in 1-2 weeks for an office visit.

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Pre and Post Sclerotherapy Instructions

Pre Sclerotherapy Instructions

  1. Refrain from using moisturizers / lotions on the day of treatment.

  2. Some patients prefer to change into “shorts” rather than a gown supplied by our office. You may bring along a pair of “shorts” if that would make you more comfortable.

  3. Bring your compression stockings with you to each visit.

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Post Sclerotherapy Instructions

  1. Stay active and leisurely walk after treatment.

  2. If gauze and or tape were used, remove in 4-6 hours and replace with compression stockings or ACE wrap.

  3. Your leg should not be exposed to prolonged sunlight (No tanning or sunbathing!) for one week. If you will be in the sun, please use sunblock liberally (SPF-30 or greater)!

  4. Minor discomfort or mild itching is common. An ice pack or Tylenol may help. Avoid anti-inflammatories for one week (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) as these can blunt the desired response to treatment.

  5. Sleep with compression stocking (or ACE wraps) on the night of treatment.

  6. Shower in the morning and an reapply the compression stocking or Ace wrap during daylight hours for the next two days.

  7. Avoid “intense aerobic” activity of the lower extremity for one week.

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