1. Take time to rest
Even though vein ablation is less intense than traditional vein ligation, or vein stripping surgery, your body will need time to heal.
2. Ease back into normal activity
Don’t jump back into your full activity levels at first. Doing intense exercise like running or cycling could force blood flow back through the treated vein, and cause the treatment to fail.
3. Don’t bathe for the next few days
Showers can be resumed the morning after the procedure. Avoid any type of leg submerged such as tub baths, whirlpools, or hot tubs for 2-4 weeks.
4. Use ice packs
To further reduce swelling and bruising after your surgery, you should apply an ice pack or a cold compress to the treated area regularly. If you use an ice pack, wrap it in a towel and apply for a maximum of 20 minutes, repeated a few times every day.
5. Be prepared for sleep challenges
Trying to get to sleep after surgery can be a challenge. Your doctor may recommend that you sleep on your back with your leg or legs elevated to aid the healing process.
6. Expect the pain to get worse before it fades
Many patients experience the worst post-procedure pain about 8-10 days after the treatment. But generally, any pain will fade after about day 14.
7. Take care of your bruises
Most patients will experience bruising after vein surgery. Bruises may appear as blue, black, or greenish spots around the treated veins. Elevating your legs, applying ice packs, and getting plenty of rest will help your bruises fade within a couple of weeks.
8. Talk to your doctor about blood thinners
Before this procedure, you may need to stop taking blood thinners in order to prevent excessive bleeding or increased recovery time.
9. Leave your incision dressings alone
After your procedure, your doctor will use bandage wraps to absorb any remaining numbing solution. These should be left on until the morning after the procedure. If any incisions are still weeping after taking off the bandage, a light bandaid can be used. If incisions are dry, leave them unbandaged.
10. Avoid sitting down too much or too little
You should avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time after your procedure. You should especially be aware of this for at least the first 2 months after your procedure.