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ABOUT VEINS

TREATMENT

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Compression Sclerotherapy

Endovenous Laser Treatment

and Closure Procedure

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

PRE/POST TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Before Treatment

Take a shower and have your normal breakfast or lunch on the day of your treatment. Do not apply any cream, lotion, or moisturizer to your legs.

Avoid aspirin and aspirin-containing medication for five days prior to your treatment.

 

Wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable walking shoes.

 

Remember to always bring your compression stockings with you.

 

After Treatment

You will have cotton balls held in place by adhesive tape at every injection site. You may remove these two hours after your treatment session.

 

If your physician chooses to bandage your leg, this should be removed 24 hours later or as instructed by your physician.

 

Compression stockings or panty hose are worn immediately after your procedure. These are designed to decrease swelling, provide compression to the treated veins, and promote collateral circulation. Wear them for 3 days continuously, taking them off only for showering. Wear them for an additional 4 days, but you may take them off at bedtime.

 

Walking is encouraged from 20-30 minutes per day. Avoid strenuous activity like jogging, bicycling, stair-master, elliptical, weight lifting, and high-impact aerobics for one week after your treatment session.

 

Expect to see bruising, pigment changes, localized tenderness, or lumpiness. These are all temporary conditions that usually resolve weeks after the procedure. You may apply Arnica gel to the skin to assist in fading the bruising.

 

Contact Vein Care Specialists' staff if you experience prolonged tenderness, redness, or warmth along treated areas; excessive swelling in the treated limb; chest pain and/or shortness of breath.

 

 

 

 

Before Treatment

It is not necessary for you to have laboratory testing.

 

Avoid aspirin or aspirin containing medication for five days prior to your procedure.

 

On the day of your procedure, take a shower and have your normal breakfast or lunch. Do not apply any cream, lotion, or moisturizer to your legs.

 

Call our office if you become ill with a fever within one week of your appointment.

If you choose to take an oral sedative prior to your procedure, you must arrange for family or friends to take you home after the procedure is completed. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home.

 

Wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable walking shoes.

 

After Treatment

 

Activity

You may return to normal activities as soon as possible. In general, your physical activity will be determined by how your legs feel. Walking from 20-30 minutes per day is encouraged, but do refrain from strenuous activity for seven days. In the early days following your procedure, your legs may tire more easily and you may experience some swelling. If this is the case, simply sit and elevate them above heart level if possible.

 

Bandaging

Pressure bandaging and compression stockings put in place after the procedure are designed to decrease swelling, promote collateral circulation, and increase the rate of healing. The bandages should be removed three days after the procedure by our staff at our office, or you may choose to remove them at home. You will then wear compression stockings or panty hose for an additional four days, removing them only at bedtime. Steri-strips may be removed 7 days after the procedure if they haven't already fallen off.

 

Bathing or Showering

Before the bandages are removed, you may shower if you protect the leg

with a plastic covering. After the bandaging is removed, you may shower or bathe normally. Blot over the Steri-strips, do not rub. Ensure all areas are thoroughly dried.

 

Discoloration

It is normal to experience some tenderness and lumpiness at the access site and along the area of the treated vein. Expect to also see some bruising and maybe some pigment changes. All are temporary conditions and usually resolve within a few weeks following the procedure.

 

Pain Medication

Prescription pain medication is usually not required following this procedure. You may be given anti-inflammatory medication for 7-10 days at the discretion of your physician. This medication may also relieve some of the discomfort you may experience. Should there be a need for a stronger pain medication, we will gladly provide that for you simply by calling our office.

 

CONTACT VEIN CARE SPECIALISTS' STAFF IMMEDIATELY

IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

 

Prolonged tenderness, redness or warmth along the treated segment

 

Moderate to severe pain preventing return to normal activities

 

Excessive swelling in the treated limb

 

Chest pain and/or shortness of breath

 

 

 

 

 

Before Treatment

It is not necessary for you to have laboratory testing.

 

Avoid aspirin or aspirin containing medication for five days prior to your procedure.

 

On the day of your procedure, take a shower and have your normal breakfast or lunch. Do not apply any cream, lotion, or moisturizer to your legs.

 

Call our office if you become ill with a fever within one week of your appointment.

If you choose to take an oral sedative prior to your procedure, you must arrange for family or friends to take you home after the procedure is completed. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home.

 

Wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable walking shoes.

 

After Treatment

 

Bandaging

Pressure bandaging and compression stockings put in place after the procedure are designed to decrease swelling and increase the rate of healing. The bandages should be removed three days after the procedure by our staff at our office, or you may choose to remove them at home. You will then wear compression stockings or panty hose for an additional 7-10 days, removing them only at bedtime. Steri-strips may be removed 10 days after the procedure if they haven't already fallen off.

 

Bathing or Showering

Before the bandages are removed, you may shower if you protect the leg

with a plastic covering. After the bandaging is removed, you may shower or bathe normally. Blot the wounds, do not rub. Ensure all wounds are thoroughly dried.

 

Activity

In general, your physical activity will be determined by how your legs feel. Walking from 20-30 minutes per day is encouraged. In the early days following your surgery, your legs may tire more easily and you may experience some swelling. If this is the case, simply sit and elevate them above heart level if possible.

 

Discoloration

Expect to see bruising and maybe some pigment changes. This occurs with any surgical procedure and is a natural consequence of the operation. Lumps may also be present where veins were removed. Both are temporary conditions and usually resolve within a few weeks following the procedure.

 

Pain Medication

Prescription pain medication is usually not required following this procedure.

The discomfort you may experience following this procedure can be relieved with Extra-Strength Tylenol or Ibuprofen 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours as needed. Should there be a need for a stronger pain medication, we will gladly provide that for you simply by calling our office.

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