Varicose vein treatments are minimally invasive and virtually pain-free, but there are a few important steps you need to take in order to ensure a successful outcome.
Now that you’ve made the decision to get treatment for your varicose veins, you’ll want to know how to prepare for the procedure. Though your preparation will vary slightly depending on the specific treatment method, there are some general rules you can follow. For more detailed instructions, your vein specialist will provide guidelines prior to your same-day surgery.
The one rule that applies to all varicose vein procedures is to have someone drive you to and from the office on the day of operation. Some procedures require a small amount of anesthesia, which may slow your reaction times while driving. You’ll also want to ensure any incisions will not open when you press the gas or brake pedals.
As you get ready for your treatment, here’s a rundown of how to prepare.
One common treatment for varicose veins and spider veins is sclerotherapy. During this procedure, a vein specialist injects a substance into the damaged vein that causes it to collapse. Ahead of a sclerotherapy procedure, you’ll be given these instructions:
- Don’t shave the leg that will be treated on the day of the procedure.
- Don’t apply any lotions or moisturizers to the leg.
- If you prefer, you can bring shorts to the office and wear them instead of a gown.
- Remember to bring your compression stockings so you can put them on after the procedure. These garments support circulation in the legs, which will help in the healing process.
Laser and Radiofrequency Ablation and Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Laser and radiofrequency ablation use either a burst of heat from a laser or radiofrequency waves to seal off the varicose vein. Blood then flows to healthier nearby veins as the damaged vein eventually diminishes. During ambulatory phlebectomy, the varicose vein is removed through small incisions made in the leg. Prior to any of these procedures, you should follow the following guidelines:
- Shower before the procedure since you cannot shower for 24 hours after the surgery.
- Don’t apply lotions or moisturizers to the leg.
- Don’t take aspirin or pain relievers such as Motrin, Advil, or Aleve 10 days before the surgery, although you may take Tylenol if permitted by your doctor.
- You can have breakfast prior to the surgery, but refrain from caffeinated beverages until after the procedure.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before the surgery.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing and flat shoes to the office on the day of the procedure.
- If you’ve been prescribed a sedative, take it an hour before the surgery.
- Bring your compression stockings to your appointment.
Each of these procedures are minimally invasive and virtually pain-free. After the surgery, you can resume your normal activities within hours, although you’ll be instructed on how to care for the incisions. Walking is encouraged, but strenuous workouts should be avoided for one to two weeks following the treatment.
Let Us Heal Your Varicose Veins
When it’s time to treat your varicose veins, the specialists at Siragusa Vein & Laser can discuss all of your treatment options and help you decide which one is best for you. We pride ourselves on our excellent patient care that includes preparing our patients for the procedure of their choice and guiding them through the recovery process to ensure they have a successful outcome.
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