Vein stripping was the traditional way to remove spider or varicose veins but required a hospital stay and a long recovery period. Today, minimally invasive vein treatments have drastically decreased post-operative pain after treatment to remove diseased veins. In fact, endovenous laser treatment, sclerotherapy, and ambulatory phlembectomy are each done in less than an hour and you will be able to walk immediately after receiving treatment.
Thanks to the use of minimally invasive techniques our patients are treated in the clinic instead of in an operating room and are discharged the same day. Mild pain can occur in the first few days, in which case you can take an over-the-counter painkiller like Tylenol or ibuprofen. There may also be bruising along the treated site which will resolve in one to two weeks. Minimal bleeding is expected but if bleeding continues beyond two days, contact your physician.
Most patients will be fully recovered within one to two weeks of their operation, but this is time may be extended if you received treatment in both legs. Patients will be advised to wear compression stockings, leggings which apply pressure to your lower legs and help the circulation of blood from your legs back to your heart. Patients will also be advised not to sit or stand for more than one to two hours straight. It is advised that you stay away from heavy lifting or strenuous activities during this time. Light walking is also strongly recommended during the recovery period to encourage blood circulation and to discourage the formation of clots.
To learn more about minimally invasive vein treatment, visit our treatments page. If you have specific questions around recovering after endovenous laser treatment, sclerotherapy, or ambulatory phlembectomy, request a FREE vein consult at either of our Chicago IL locations or at our location in Elgin IL.