You’re part of the one-third (or more) of adults in the United States who have varicose veins, and you’ve decided to do something about them.
Here at Soffer Health Institute, Dr. Ariel Soffer and our team of vascular experts offer a number of different highly effective solutions for banishing varicose veins.
If you’re wondering what recovery from your vein treatment will be like, we give you a brief outline here, as well as some tips that will help ease and speed up the process.
Different vein treatments for varicose veins
Recovery from your vein treatment will depend, to some extent, on which vein treatment we use to treat your varicose veins. We offer several different options, and we choose the one that’s right for you during your vein evaluation.
The vein treatment options we provide include:
- Sclerotherapy — we close off the vein with a microfoam called Varithena®
- Endovenous ablation — we use radiofrequency energy to close off the vein
- Vein removal — we remove the varicose vein
We perform each of these vein treatments right here in our office, and you’re free to go home afterward.
Recovering from your vein treatment
Your recovery period after your vein treatment won’t vary all that much between the different vein treatments, except for vein removal, which is slightly more invasive.
With sclerotherapy and Varithena, we’re only using needles, so there are no meaningful incision sites. With endovenous ablation, we only make a small incision through which we insert the tube that delivers the laser energy.
If we need to surgically remove a large vein, the access point will be slightly larger than the punctures we describe above, but it’s by no means a large incision.
Whether large or small, we ask that you keep an eye on the injection or incision sites and keep them clean until they heal. We also suggest that you avoid shaving and using lotions on your legs for a few days after your vein treatment.
In most cases, we want you up and moving right after your vein treatment, which helps the circulation in your lower legs and also encourages your blood to reroute through healthier vessels.
This means that you can get back to your regular routine fairly quickly, but we might ask that you avoid strenuous exercise, as well as hot baths, for a week or two.
Tips for speeding up your recovery
There are several ways in which you can speed up your recovery from your vein treatment, including:
- Wearing compression stockings for a week
- Walking three times a day for at least 10 minutes
After a few weeks, you should be fully recovered, though it still may take a little time before you see the full results of your vein treatment.
If you have more questions about what to expect after your treatment for varicose veins, please contact one of our offices in Weston or Aventura, Florida, to set up an appointment.