Recovery Time and Expectations
Whether your procedure is laser therapy, sclerotherapy or micro-phlebectomy, the treatment is carried out in our office in less than one hour. The procedure is performed about an hour after taking an analgesic tablet (pain pill) and a mild sedative tablet, before leaving home, to help relax you during the procedure. That is why we always like patients who take these pills to be driven to our facility by a relative or friend, since their driving ability may be impaired for a few hours.
Following the procedure dressings and/or stocking are applied to the treated leg(s) by our staff, which takes a few minutes. All patients are then asked to walk, at their own pace, either on our treadmill or in our beautiful courtyard. We like the companion who drove you to our facility to be present with you during the gentle exercise. Rarely, patients opt not to take the analgesic and sedative tablets because they want to drive themselves, or if they do not think they need the medicines.
People can return to their regular activities and employment the same day, following any of the procedures stated above, on any veins. However, most patients prefer to take the rest of the day off.
The key to avoiding the bad complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is daily gentle activity following the procedure. The ideal is to walk 3 times a day (with the compression stockings on) for about 20 minutes each time, in addition to getting up every hour (during waking hours) to fetch a drink or simply stretch legs.
We strongly discourage heavy exercise like jogging, cycling and swimming for 2 weeks after the procedure.
For all large vein treatments, compression stockings need to be worn on a daily basis, from rising in the morning until retiring at night. Stockings should not be worn at night, except during the first night after treatment.
Most patients have little or no discomfort after any of our vein procedures. However, a few may experience some discomfort requiring mild analgesics (e.g. Tylenol) and anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Ibuprofen and Naproxen). Fewer patients still, with huge varicose veins, may have significant discomfort or pain caused by trapped blood. We have an open door policy to see those patients promptly and draw out the trapped blood, through a needle under local anesthesia.
When patient come for the first visit, 10-14 days after the procedure, an ultrasound examination is performed to confirm the satisfactory result. If no more treatments are needed the patient can usually return to normal activity without having to wear the compression stockings. However, patients who have severe bilateral disease with complications may require more treatments to achieve the desirable result. If more than one session is needed subsequent treatments are planned for the convenience of the patient, taking into consideration FDA regulations and sound medical principles and practice.
We expect our vein treatment to achieve excellent outcomes both medically and cosmetically. We expect most symptoms of vein disease to disappear; and most visible manifestations of venous disease, whether symptomatic or just cosmetic, to vanish!