Post Procedure Care Instructions

Post Procedure Care Instructions

Care Instructions After
Varicose Vein Procedures

Vascular Procedure New Haven CT

After your procedure, your leg will be wrapped from the foot to the upper thigh with an Ace bandage or stocking. This bandage should remain in place until the following morning. If it feels too tight, you may loosen it.

In the morning, remove the bandage/stocking and all the dressings and take a shower. Do not take a bath for at least 3 days, but showering is OK.

After showering, place the fitted stocking that you purchased on the leg and wear it during waking hours for the next 10-14 days. This is extremely important in aiding recovery and preventing recurrence. It will also help ease any post procedure discomfort. If you wish, you can remove the stocking to sleep, but otherwise it should only be removed to shower.

Other things of importance are as follows:

  • There should not be any significant pain. If there is, contact the office immediately. If it is after hours, contact the office and you will be directed to our night service who will be able to page the doctor on call.
  • On the night after the procedure, you can walk and use stairs but avoid any other strenuous activity.
  • For the 7-10 days after the procedure, walk as much as possible. When not walking, sit with your leg elevated or lie down. Avoid sitting in the seated position with your leg bent for any period of 20 minutes or longer.
  • You can return to work and normal activities including the gym after 3 days.
  • Listen to your body. If you do something that doesn't feel right, stop doing it and rest.
  • After 14 days you can stop wearing the stocking. Some people continue to wear it because it feels good. This is OK.
  • If at any time during the 6 months following the procedure you need to fly in an airplane or travel in a car for longer than one hour, wear the stocking on the trip. Knee-high stockings are acceptable.
  • If you have had an Ambulatory Phlebectomy procedure, you may experience some bleeding or drainage of fluid from the incisions the first time you remove the dressing. This is not uncommon and although it can seem frightening, this is not dangerous or a sign that something is wrong. Simply hold pressure on the site for 5 minutes, cover it with gauze, and rewrap the leg with the Ace bandage. Leave the Ave bandage in place for another 24 hours and remove it the next morning and follow the same instructions.
  • If at any time in your recovery you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call the office. Someone will be available to address your concerns 24 hours a day.

Care Instructions
After OBL Procedures

Vascular Surgery New Haven CT

After your procedure, once you get home, rest for the remainder of the day. Continue to drink plenty of fluids. Avoid excessive lifting and bending.

If bleeding occurs at the puncture site, apply firm direct pressure to the site. If bleeding continues, call our office or go to the Emergency Department.

Resume your normal activities tomorrow. There is a bandage at the incision site. Leave it in place for 24 hours. In 24 hours, you may remove the dressing and shower.

Do not scrub the site. Gently cleanse and pat it dry. Cover with a Band-Aid. Repeat daily until fully healed.

Do not drive today. A responsible adult should remain with you at home for the first 12-24 hours after your procedure.

Call your physician if you develop any of the following:

  • Redness or increasing tenderness at the puncture site.
  • Bleeding from the site that will not stop with direct firm pressure.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Coolness, numbness, pain or swelling in the affected extremity.

Follow-up with your physician in 3 weeks. ​ Instructions may vary depending on the type of procedure that was performed at the outpatient based laboratory.

Please Note: For Hospital procedures, the hospital will contact you a few days before your procedure to go over pre-op and post-op instructions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (203) 418-7386, and it will be our pleasure to help you.


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