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Varicose veins recovery

Varicose veins are lumpy and bulging veins that can be seen on the surface of the skin. They are most common in the legs but can also appear around the ankle and foot.

Varicose vein surgery is often associated with pain and long periods of downtime but at The Private Clinic we are able to offer patients minimally invasive varicose vein treatments with reduced pain, and downtime but effective and long-lasting results.

We have performed over 7,000 vein procedures and offer the Gold Standard for treatment of Varicose Veins: EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation). Findings show that the success rate after five years for EVLA is 95.4% which makes it our preferred treatment however we also offer VenaSeal, Foam Sclerotherapy and Phlebectomy procedures that can all be performed under local anaesthetic.

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What is Varicose vein laser surgery recovery time?

The downtime after varicose vein laser surgery is minimal with many patients returning to work and their everyday activities in the days following their procedure. Full recovery is 6-8 weeks and at this time you will be required to go back for an appointment with your vascular surgeon to assess the results of treatment. In the meantime, you will be required to wear compression stockings and avoid certain activities such as exercise, flying and long periods sat travelling in a car.

When after varicose vein surgery can I exercise?

It is advised that all strenuous exercise is avoided for at least 5 days after treatment, but we recommend keeping active by taking regular walks during this time. We advise on avoiding exercise initially as exercise causes a rush of blood flow throughout the body which could cause the veins that were collapsed during treatment to reopen again before they have had a chance to be absorbed by the body. Exercise should also then be returned to at a gradual pace to avoid any unnecessary injury and strain to the area treated. Contact sports and swimming should be avoided for two weeks.

What are the varicose vein surgery complications?

It is important to remember that unwanted complications can occur with any type of medical treatment but at The Private Clinic we work hard to minimise these risks.

A serious complication following varicose vein treatment is very rare.

In some cases, EVLA treatment may not be able to be carried out by the surgeon due problems getting access to the veins or being able to move the instruments through the vein. In these instances, the procedure will be stopped and rearranged for another date after 1-2 weeks.

Other complications include:

  • DVT/pulmonary embolism
  • Skin burns
  • Nerve damage
  • Leg swelling

These are all very rare but will be discussed in more detail during your consultation.

How to sleep after varicose vein surgery?

Our Varicose vein treatments are all minimally invasive and patients should not be in pain following surgery that would affect them from sleeping. In most cases, patients are required to wear compression stockings and in the initial days following surgery will have bandaging which may make the leg feel uncomfortable. Patients may feel more comfortable having the leg elevated whilst sleeping but this is not necessary. If patients are having issues with sleeping, then we would recommend contacting us where we can offer advice on how to help you feel comfortable during your recovery process.

What are the varicose vein surgery side effects?

As with every medical treatment or procedure, there are always certain risks or side effects which patients should be aware of when undergoing varicose vein treatment. Our experienced vascular surgeon will go through all the risks with you in detail at your consultation so you will be able to feel well informed before deciding to go ahead with your varicose vein surgery.

Common side effects from EVLA and Foam Sclerotherapy include swelling and bruising however this usually reduces over the following weeks.

Common side effects from VenaSeal treatment can include mild pain in the treatment area, inflammation and skin numbness which again should only last up to 2 weeks.

If patients are feeling concerned about any side effects that may be experiencing following varicose vein surgery, we have an expert team on hand to offer advice and a 24-hour helpline should you feel worried at any time.

Will I have leg pain after varicose vein surgery?

All varicose vein surgery procedures in our clinics are carried out under local anaesthetic so no pain should be felt during the procedure. Following varicose vein surgery, patients may experience some discomfort and mild pain as the anaesthetic wears off and again after 4-5 days as inflammation in the treated veins occurs, but this should be easily managed with painkillers and should only last for a few days.

How long will I be off work after varicose vein surgery?

In most cases, our patients are able to return to work very quickly after their varicose vein procedure. For patients who have had a phlebectomy then we do recommend waiting at least 2-3 days before returning to work.

It will also depend on the job role, if patients are in a strenuous job then it may be best to take some time off or request some changes in their role to allow them to return to work without putting themselves at risk.

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Varicose vein surgery at The Private Clinic

Our varicose vein treatments are:

Our surgeons have performed amongst the highest number of EVLA treatments in the UK and have helped develop the procedure into the safe and highly recommended method it is today.

Expert Vascular Surgeons

To find out more or book a consultation with our specialist vascular surgeons please call 0333 920 2471 or use our varicose vein online contact form.

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