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Discharge Instructions for Varicose Vein Surgery

You had a procedure in which your varicose veins were surgically removed. Here’s what you can do following surgery to help with your recovery.

Home Care

  • For the first 2 weeks after surgery, avoid standing for long periods. Also avoid heavy lifting.

  • Ask someone to help you run errands or do household chores for a few days after surgery.

  • Keep your legs raised when you’re sitting or lying down.

  • Begin a regular walking program, starting the day after surgery. Just walk for a few minutes at first; then work up to 5 minutes at a time. Gradually increase to 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times a day.

  • Wear bandages or elastic stockings for as long as your doctor tells you to. When you are sitting, move your feet back and forth and in circles to keep your blood moving.

  • Ask your doctor when you can resume driving and working.

  • Don’t be alarmed if you have some numbness or tingling in your calf. This is normal, and may take a few weeks to get better.

  • You may have some bruising in the area where the vein was removed.


When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Severe bleeding at the incision sites

  • Development of an ulcer (sore) at the incision sites

  • Leg swelling

  • Numbness or tingling in legs or feet

  • Pain in your legs that doesn’t go away

  • Fever, shaking, or chills

  • Chest pain or shortness of breath


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