How to Prepare for Varicose Vein Surgery


After non-invasive varicose vein surgery, patients often go home within hours. Patients also endure less pain and have little downtime. Vein varicosities, often known as varicose veins, are vascular disorders that mostly affect the veins in the thighs, legs, and calves. These injured veins have a blue, purple, and twisted look. 

Varicosities are common in people who have a family history of vascular disease, have certain health risk factors, or live a particular lifestyle. Usually, varicosities in the lower extremities are not cause for concern. However, some people may suffer from pain, swelling, and discomfort in addition to cosmetic issues, prompting them to seek varicose vein treatment.

Before making treatment recommendations, the surgeon will examine the patient's medical history, as well as the size, location, and kind of varicosity present. Surgical vein treatment possibilities include:

  • Endovenous ablation - the use of laser technology delivered through a small catheter to burn and collapse damaged veins;

  • Sclerotherapy shrinks damaged veins, making them smaller and less visible. In most situations, they gradually vanish. The treatment involves injecting a specific solution into the varicosities. This surgical treatment is extremely helpful for varicosities that are deep within the skin. A specialized ultrasound device is also utilized to ensure the best outcomes;

  • Microphlebectomy is the removal of big superficial veins using small incisions.

Additional preparation requirements may be supplied based on the type of surgery required.

One Week Before Varicose Vein Surgery

  • Consult the care team about any current drugs, supplements, or herbal therapies, as well as your medical and health history. If you require special prescriptions for everyday health maintenance, please let us know. Considerations and alternative recommendations might be made to reduce any interruption to your overall health requirements;

  • Patients planning ablation surgery may be prescribed blood thinners or anti-inflammatory drugs to lessen the chance of problems on the day of the procedure;

  • Drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious diet. Immunity is one of the most effective defenses against complications and side effects. Making the essential changes to your everyday diet improves your body's ability to heal, resulting in a faster recovery;

  • Take proper rest. 

On the Day of Varicose Vein Surgery

  • Do not eat or drink anything for many hours before the surgery. Avoid caffeinated beverages;

  • Patients may take prescribed drugs with a sip of water at least one hour or as directed before arriving at the surgical center;

  • Do not use makeup, lotion, or perfume on the day before surgery;

  • Avoid exfoliating and shaving your legs, as well as using hair removal products;

  • Wear comfortable, relaxed clothing;

  • Leave all valuables, including jewelry and contact lenses, at home;

  • Arrive at least a half-hour before your scheduled procedure to enable enough time to complete any pending admission or insurance paperwork;

  • Inform the medical personnel about any dental prosthesis or detachable oral devices you may have;

  • Bring compression stockings or pants to wear following surgery. To reduce swelling, you must wear compression garments for at least two weeks immediately following surgery. Compression garments assist in maintaining the veins in your legs, lowering the likelihood of treatment failure and related consequences;

  • Bring a reliable, designated driver who can stay on-site throughout the process. Alternatively, arrange for a transportation service to pick you up and drive you home. Driving following treatment is not advisable;

  • Driving activities may resume after the patient feels safe and comfortable. The surgeon will go over all driving restrictions before discharge and during the follow-up appointment.

  • For a minimum of two weeks, avoid intense activities. Medical clearance may be received later according to your recovery process.

Remember that preparing for varicose vein surgery mostly depends on the procedure. Although these operations are minimally invasive and virtually painless, they can be stressful. Proper adherence to all postoperative instructions is also required to avoid rare but possibly dangerous problems. In most situations, patients can resume many of their routine activities the same day, or shortly following their treatments.

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