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.
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
Chest pain or shortness of breath