According to womenshealth.gov, approximately half of all adult men and women suffer from varicose veins. The percentage of women who suffer from these unsightly veins is higher than men, but both sexes do suffer from this problem and for some it can be physically painful. However, even for those who do not suffer from physical pain, varicose veins can be unsightly and an overall embarrassing condition. Luckily, there are several options for ridding yourself of varicose vein such as radiofrequency, laser treatments and surgery. If you elect to undergo varicose vein surgery you will need to prepare for both the surgery and the recovery period afterwards. Below is a guide on how to recover from varicose vein surgery.
Directly after your operation you will likely need to be taken to a recovery area. If you have been given general anesthesia you may take some time to fully wake up. Additionally, your legs may be very painful once you have woken up and you will need to fully rest before you go home. Bleeding around the leg area where incisions were made is common and your doctor may keep your legs covered with bandages during this time period. Additionally, you may find that your legs are bruised for a few weeks or months after the surgery.
Once you are allowed to go home you should be aware that your legs can remain sore for a few weeks after your surgery. It is important that once your doctor says that you can begin walking and exercising you should do so immediately. Regular exercising such as walking or biking can help your legs heal quicker and lower your risk of developing blood clots.
In addition to exercising you may need to rest for a few days from the following activities: driving, showering, and heavy lifting. Ask your doctor when it is safe to begin doing any of the above activities so you can be sure that you will not hurt yourself. More than likely you will need to take a leave from work from one to three weeks. The amount of time will depend largely on what your work consists of.
Your doctor may prescribe you pain medication to take after surgery or will recommend that you take a generic over-the-counter drug. Your doctor may also recommend that you wear compression stocking in order to promote circulation in the legs. Additionally, you should keep your legs elevated for the first few weeks during your recovery period whenever you are sitting or lying down. This will also help promote blood circulation.
There are a few side effects that you need to watch for when you are in recovery from varicose vein surgery. These include excessive bleeding and blood clots. Notify your doctor right away if you experience these symptoms, as they can be a sign of something gone wrong.
If you are unhappy with the varicose veins on your legs there are now many options for treating them. With each of these options you will have a recovery period that can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. Speak with your doctor regarding your recovery period so that you can make the best choice for your lifestyle. Taking care of yourself during your recovery period will help it go by that much faster.
Alex Smith is a writer for DoctorQA.com where you can get all of your health questions answered on varicose veins and more.