Varicose veins can be as painful as they are unsightly. If you have a history of such veins you’re probably familiar with treatments called vein ablations. During this procedure, a laser is used to cauterize these veins so that they close completely and your blood flow is rerouted to other veins. The procedure itself is rather common so you may know all about it, but what do you know about the recovery process?
The Recovery Time Frame
While vein ablations are a relatively short procedure, taking less than an hour in many cases, the recovery is very important. Make sure you get plenty of rest after your surgery and plan to take anywhere from three days to an entire week off. This length of time will depend upon the severity of your treatment. Be gentle with yourself and leave plenty of time in case the recovery takes longer than expected.

Caring For Your Treatment Area
During vein ablations, a very minor incision is made in your skin. You can expect to see little bleeding, but the area should still be cared for properly. Leave your dressings on for 24 hours, and alert your cardiologist if you have significant bleeding. We recommend that you wear compression socks for at least 3 days after the procedure to promote blood flow. They may feel odd at first, but the more often you wear them the better you will feel.

Resting Your Body
You may want to jump back into your normal schedule right after your vein ablations, but we don’t recommend it. Any time you have a surgical procedure it’s important to follow the instructions of your physician. In this case, we recommend you refrain from any and all strenuous exercise for at least two weeks after the procedure. If you’re looking for an alternative exercise option we highly recommend walking which promotes blood flow and can help prevent clotting.

Follow Up With Your Physician
Remember that your cardiologist is on your side when it comes to healing after your vein ablations. We know that life gets busy and it’s easy to skip appointments or forget instructions, but the most important part of your safe and healthy recovery is partnering with your cardiologist every step of the way.

Vein ablations may feel big and scary, or it may feel like no big deal at all. No matter how you feel about it, your cardiologist is your best partner in healing quickly and safely. If you’re looking for the right doctors for you, give us a call today and we’ll happily introduce you to one of our talented team members.