Varicose vein injections, like sclerotherapy, don't take that long to complete. And, they're relatively easy to recover from. You'll be able to walk after the procedure is done, and other than taking it easy for the next day or so, you'll be back to your normal routines before you know it. That doesn't mean you can ignore recovery instructions, though. You will have to follow certain rules and restrictions and to make that easier on yourself, you should talk to your doctor about some of the very fine details that could promote good healing.
How Tight the Compression Stockings Should Be
Chances are you'll have to wear compression garments for a while after the injections are complete. However, compression garments come in various styles and pressures, and you don't want to wear the wrong pressure or style. Garments that are too loose won't provide adequate compression, and garments that are too tight could create complications and make you feel very uncomfortable, not to mention that tight compression garments can be very difficult to put on, so you don't want to wear garments that are tighter than you need. Compression stockings are measured using mmHg and have levels described by numbers, such as 15-20 mmHg. Your doctor should give you a number like that to look for.
Limits and Minimums on Walking
Walking around after the procedure is actually a good way to help your legs heal. But you'll need to find the right range. In other words, what's the minimum amount of time you should spend walking no matter how uncomfortable it is, and what's the maximum amount of time you should walk so that you don't overdo it? You're not going to have to walk very far; this is more like pacing a few times up and down a hallway occasionally. But get some sort of framework from your doctor to follow so that you're not guessing and wondering if you're doing it right.
Double-Check Ibuprofen Use
As the anesthetic wears off, you might feel some soreness at the injection sites. That's not unusual, and an over-the-counter painkiller is often enough to stop that pain. However, double-check whether you can use ibuprofen, or if you should avoid it. Ibuprofen can have a thinning effect on your blood, so it can make clotting and vein-related procedures a little more complicated in some people. Double-check if you should avoid ibuprofen and use something else.
You'll heal quickly from your procedure, at least for the most part (it varies for everyone). Getting these details ahead of time will help you increase how well your recovery goes.
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