FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Questions about Varicose Veins? Milford Vascular Institute has the answers.
Q: Will this procedure hurt?
A: Before the procedure begins, the provider will fully numb your leg with a local anesthetic. This is the only thing you should feel during your procedure; the small sting of the needle injecting the anesthetic. Afterwards, you may feel sore. You can take ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aleve or other NSAIDs to help counteract this feeling.
Q: What are my limitations after my procedure?
A: After your procedure you should walk as much as possible. You must wear a compression stocking during waking hours for 10-14 days after your procedure. Avoid sitting with your leg bent for any period of time longer than 20 minutes. You can return to normal activities including the gym after 3 days. Avoid any heavy lifting for 7 days after your procedures.
Q: Can I fly after my procedure?
A: You should not fly for at least 2 weeks after your procedure. You should not fly for at least 3 days after you have injections. If you must fly any time during the 6 months following the procedure you should wear your compression stockings on the trip. Knee high stockings are acceptable.
Q: How long do I need to wear compression stockings after my procedure?
A: You need to wear compression stockings for 2 weeks after your procedure. After injections, you need to wear compression stockings for 3 days.
Q: Can I go in A pool or hot tub? Can I soak in the bath?
A: You need to wait 3 days before going swimming or soaking in the bath tub.
Q: Can I eat before my procedure?
A: Yes, we encourage you eat something before your procedure. This is especially true if you plan to take valium for the procedure. The valium may make your stomach uneasy.
Q: How long will the procedure take?
A: The procedure itself is very quick. It should not take more than a few minutes. However, you should plan on being in the office for about an hour to an hour and a half.
Q: When can I workout?
A: You should wait three days before going for a run. You should avoid heavy lifting (nothing more than 10 lbs) for 7 days after your procedure.
Q: I have a pulling sensation in my leg after my procedure. Do I need to be concerned? What should I do?
A: The pulling sensation is from the vein closing. The vein will turn into a chord and you may feel it on the inside of your leg.It is completely normal. It will go away after a few days with the compression stockings. You can use a warm compress or gentle massage to help take away some of the discomfort.
Q: Where can I purchase compression stockings?
A: Milford Vascular Institute offers a full stock of the most common sizes for compression stockings. These stockings are available to purchase at MVI as a convenience for our patients. We are unable to process stocking purchases through your insurance. MVI is unable to sell stockings to Medicaid patients. Medicaid patients receive 2 pairs of stockings at no cost to the patient every year. These stockings must be obtained from a surgical pharmacy. Surgical pharmacies are also able to order custom fit stockings in the event MVI does not have a proper fit for you.
Q: Can I wash my stockings?
A: Yes, you can machine wash your stockings on normal settings. Do not use a dryer, you must air dry your stockings.
Q: Will I need a ride for my procedure?
A: You only need to arrange for a ride if you plan on taking Valium (Diazepam). Nothing done during the procedure will inhibit your ability to drive. DO NOT DRIVE YOURSELF IF YOU TAKE VALIUM (DIAZEPAM)! Driving under the influence of a narcotic is illegal and very dangerous!
Q: Is pain normal after the procedure?
A: You should not experience any significant pain after your procedure. You may experience some discomfort, soreness, and bruising. Click here for more on what to expect after your procedure.