Varicose Veins (Post-Op)
After the operation, a compression bandage will be applied. This needs to remain on firmly and kept dry for 48 hours. Do not shower for these first 48 hours to ensure the bandages stay dry. Sponging is ok. If it gets wet, a hairdryer can be used to dry it. If the bandages become loose please reapply them or contact my rooms for guidance. If the bandage feels too tight and is causing severe foot/ankle pain, please remove the bandages and call my rooms for guidance. Mild pain in the thigh or leg will respond well to panadol or panadeine.
Walking is beneficial after surgery from the time you return home. This helps prevent deep vein thrombosis. Try and go for a couple of walks each day.
After 48 hours, remove the bandages. Steristrips will be seen covering the small wounds. These should be left intact. The compression stocking should then be applied to the leg. You may shower but ensure to dry the leg completely afterwards. The steristrips should remain for about a week, after which you may peel them off gently.
The compression stocking should be worn day and night for one week except when showering. Then for the second week, the stocking is to be worn during the day only. At night time it can be removed.
You may notice some bruising in the thigh or leg. This is normal and will settle within two weeks. If after several days you develop redness/discharge/severe swelling/fever please call my rooms for advice.
Please make an appointment for an ultrasound approximately ten days post procedure. You have been given an appointment to see me for review in 2-3 weeks.