You will be asked to walk for 10 - 15 minutes following the procedure before returning home. This clears the deep veins of any residual sclerosant, minimizing the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
It is important to walk regularly in the days following the procedure. Avoid standing still for prolonged periods. When not mobilising, you can rest with your legs up. Whilst you can return to regular activities the next day, you should hold off on any heavy leg exercises (e.g. running, cycling, gym exercise classes) for 7 days.
The compression stocking should be worn full-time for 48 hours.
After 48 hours, the stocking and cotton wool balls can be removed and the legs washed in the shower with luke warm water. Depending on the case and anatomy, Mr Milne may also arrange for a follow up ultrasound to be done after 48 hours to check for any evidence of DVT. After 48 hours, the compression stocking can be worn during the day for comfort if desired, and removed at night when in bed until day 7.
Large reticular veins and varicose veins treated with Ultrasound-Guded Sclerotherapy are expected to become hard, lumpy, and a little tender when pushed on. This is a sign of successfull treatment. The veins will gradually soften and be absorbed by the body over time.
You will be scheduled for a review appointment with Mr Milne after 6 weeks.
You may travel short distances, under 4 hours, 1 week following the procedure. It is ideal to avoid flights/train/car travel over 4 hours duration for 4 weeks following the procedure. It is important to stay hydrated and walk around the cabin regularly whenever flying.