Do You Have Questions About Varicose Vein Treatment?
If you are considering varicose vein treatment, or if you are preparing for your procedure, and unsure what to expect before, during and after your procedure, we have compiled some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions here.
If you still have questions that were not addressed here, feel free to contact us at (203) 418-7386, and it will be our pleasure to help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
You need to wear compression stockings for 2 weeks after your procedure. After injections, you need to wear compression stockings for 3 days.
You need to wait 3 days before going swimming or soaking in the bathtub.
Yes, we encourage you to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can machine wash your stockings on normal settings. Do not use a dryer, you must air dry your stockings.
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!
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.
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