Many patients are concerned about any downtime associated with vein procedures done on the leg. Because our state-of-the-art laser treatments are performed as outpatient procedures, using only local anesthesia, our patients will experience far fewer side effects, discomfort or downtime that have been typically associated with vein stripping procedures performed in the past.
Following sclerotherapy, there is no downtime and no reason to alter your daily routine. You may resume all your pre-procedure activities, including work, immediately. Continue to keep moving and maintain a normal level of activity. The only limitations we place on our patients are to avoid high impact sports and strenuous activities for 2-3 days after treatment.
Following major vein laser treatments, we ask our patients to use good judgment, but most may resume vigorous exercise beginning one week after the procedure. We expect you to resume all your pre-procedure activities, including work, immediately. Routine activities and walking, as well as treadmill and stretching, are fine after 2 days. Obviously, you may want to limit your activities during the first 2 days when your legs are in ace wraps. Please try to avoid swimming and strenuous exercise such as high impact aerobics, weight training, or running for 1-2 weeks. Walking daily is encouraged and promotes speedy healing. If it is necessary for you to travel, please stop and walk around for 5-10 minutes each hour.
There are no hard and fast rules with regards to wearing the compression stockings. We tend to allow more liberties in the summer months in order to accommodate our patients. As a general rule, however, we ask our patients to wear their compression stockings during the day for at least two weeks following sclerotherapy. In addition, we would recommend wearing them during vigorous exercise for up to 4 weeks following any procedures on their legs, including major laser procedures. Again, this may vary depending on the vigor of your work-out.
We provide detailed instructions for patients for both pre and post procedural care. Click here to Download Forms.