The Run-Up To Varicose Vein Surgery

Posted on: 24 March 2021

Varicose veins are not what anyone needs. The condition can be painful and is almost always cosmetically bad. Noninvasive treatments are now available, making treatment for the condition a lot easier to recover from and also more affordable. However, these are still medical treatments, and as such, you both need to prepare for them ahead of time and take steps to ensure that these treatments really are what you need to undergo. As with any treatment for any condition, the less invasive, the better, with self-care sort of the holy grail (if you can solve a health condition through self-care, that's perfect, with noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments coming in second).

You Do Need to Try Self-Care First

And yes, even for varicose veins, you need to try some self-care options first. For more minor conditions, elevating your legs and wearing compression stockings — easy to find and buy online — may be all you need to do to relieve some of the pain caused by those veins. Maintaining a stable, sensible weight is also crucial because that takes the pressure off your legs. Exercise and a healthy diet (as well as addressing emotional or stress eating) help as well; in other words, actions that would help your leg health in general often help relieve pain in new or minor varicose veins.

Ask About Non-Blood-Thinning Medications

If you do need to undergo a medical procedure for varicose veins, even a noninvasive one, how well your blood clots will be an issue. Many painkillers, including aspirin and ibuprofen, also thin your blood. You may have to stop taking these a few days before the procedure. Your doctor can let you know if something like acetaminophen will be OK to take, or if you can't take that for another reason, what other painkillers might work.

You Must Arrange for a Ride Home

As noninvasive as this is, it's still a medical procedure that involves numbing your legs. You are not going to be able to drive home afterward, at least not safely, even if you can walk. You've got to have a ride home, preferably with someone by your side who can help you into your home (in other words, arranging to take a rideshare solo may not be the best plan).

As procedures go, this may be one of the easiest to prepare for in the days before you have it done, but what you have to do is still very important to have the best chances of success. You want those varicose veins to go away the first time so you don't have to repeat the procedure or have more invasive work done.

Contact a local medical professional to learn more about options for non-invasive varicose vein treatment.