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After Surgery for Varicose Veins

Your legs will be wrapped in compression bandages to control any bleeding or swelling. But expect your legs to be bruised for a while. After a short stay in the recovery room, you’ll be able to go home. Be sure to have someone drive you.

Foot flexing at the ankle.
To keep blood moving, draw the letters of the alphabet in the air with your feet. Or flex the feet back and forth.

At home

When you return home, follow your doctor’s advice. Be sure to keep any future doctor’s appointments. Also, keep these tips in mind:

  • Avoid standing for long periods soon after surgery.

  • Arrange for a family member or a friend to help you run errands or do household chores.

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

  • Walk as much as you can, starting the day after surgery. But don’t overdo it.

  • Wear bandages or elastic stockings for as long as your doctor suggests.

When to call the doctor

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

  • Severe bleeding or swelling

  • Pain in the leg that doesn’t go away

  • Numbness or tingling

  • Fever

  • Chest pain or shortness of breath