After Vein Surgery
Vein surgery is a minimally invasive procedure but still you need to strictly follow your surgeon’s instructions and guidelines so you’ll have a speedy and hassle-free recovery. Upon waking after surgery, you’ll likely feel dizzy because of the anesthesia. Some patients feel disoriented or have difficulty coordinating their movements. The surgeon’s staff will provide instructions like taking a drink or moving around. It is important that you follow their instructions even if you are not feeling well enough. The medical staff will always be there to assist you.
After vein surgery, a compression dressing will be applied on the area where the vein was removed, and you may have to keep it on for a couple of days. The surgeon may also instruct you to wear compression stockings to help improve blood circulation and prevent the formation of new problematic veins.
Compression garment and/or stockings are generally prescribed for one to two weeks after vein surgery. Give yourself ample time to rest and make sure the effects of anesthesia have worn off before leaving the medical premises. If you had the vein surgery with partial or mild sedation, you’ll be allowed to go home about an hour after the procedure to ensure that the surgery went well and that there are no complications.
If your vein surgery was performed using general anesthesia, you’ll have to stay for at least 2 hours and have someone drive you home. In any case, the surgeon will instruct you on what medications to take as well as the dos and don’ts of post-operative care. A week after the vein surgery you’ll return to the surgeon to have the bandages and/or the stockings removed.
Tips and Guidelines to Follow after Vein Surgery
- It is important that you request someone to be with you to provide assistance, particularly on the first night after the vein surgery. It is also advisable that you have a companion to assist you during the first 3 days, especially when you have your kids around.
- Make sure your surgeon’s phone number is readily available so you can call him/her in case of emergency or if you need to ask a question.
- Take your medications on time. It would help if you can make a written note or set your alarm clock so you won’t skip any of them.
- All the items required for post-operative care must be easily within your reach. These include bandages, comfortable clothes, towels, ice packs, etc.
- Ask your surgeon about special diets as well as food items that can be beneficial and may help speed-up the recovery process.
- Abstain from exercise for at least 24 hours. After this, you may be advised to do mild exercises to improve the blood flow to the treated area.
- Refrain from taking hot baths for at least a week after the surgery.
- It is a good idea to cover the treated areas from direct exposure to the sun.
- Avoid any form of strenuous or laborious activity until you get the go signal from your surgeon.
- Don’t sit or stand for more than two hours during the first four weeks. If your work requires you to sit or stand for prolonged periods, take breaks every two hours to walk around.
- Sloughing of dry skin is part of the healing process. This means that your body is forming new skin. You may apply creams or lotions upon your surgeon’s advice.