Kelly Thorpe, APRN Kelly Thorpe, APRN

If you are dealing with varicose veins, you don’t have to suffer forever. Today’s patients can benefit from innovative treatments that take away many of the discomforts of this condition. If you are considering varicose vein treatment, it’s normal to have a lot of questions. One of the most common questions that patients ask is, “How long is it going to take me to recover?” The recovery time varies based on each individual, but there are several factors that affect the general recovery time.

Type of ProcedureVaricose vein treatment

First, your recovery time will vary based on the type of varicose vein treatment you receive. For radio frequency or laser ablations, you may have mild pain and achiness that generally resides within a week. Post Ambulatory phlebectomy, the removal of bulging varicose veins, you can expect mild to moderate pain and tenderness for a week. Typically you are able to resume normal daily activities with some restriction. Another type of varicose vein treatment Utah residents may receive is Sclerotherapy. This treatment generally has little recovery time, with mild pain, possibly occurring for a couple days. Read more about procedures here.

Recovery Variables

Your recovery time will be shorter if you carefully follow your physician’s instructions after treatment. Although it can be tempting to jump right back into your normal routine, make sure that you are cleared for physical activity before you become active again. After procedures, you will be required to wear compression stockings for at least one week. Wearing the stockings as directed reduces the risk of further vein problems, and this will also speed up your recovery time.

Recovery Time Guidelines

You will be able to resume normal daily activities immediately following your procedure, although your physician might restrict strenuous activities for a short period of time. Wearing compression stockings is required for patients who undergo vein treatments. Your physician will give you an exact time frame for wearing these stockings, but you can plan on wearing them for at least seven days. Your physician will also schedule a follow-up appointment. During this visit, he will use ultrasound to make sure that your vein has closed and you are healing properly. Whether you are dealing with severe varicose veins or smaller problems, we are here to help. If you have any questions regarding your treatment options or recovery guidelines, please give us a call. We look forward to working with you to eliminate your varicose vein issues.

Kelly Thorpe, APRN

Kelly Thorpe, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

About the author:

Kelly received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and completed a Master’s of Science degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. He is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Phlebology.