If you have varicose veins, you have a number of options for treating them. For example, ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive, effective treatment. Although it doesn’t require general anesthesia and typically has a limited recovery time, getting ready for it in advance is still a good idea. Here are a few things worth doing before you head to the vein clinic for varicose vein treatment.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy Preparation
It’s common for vein doctors to recommend wearing compression stockings after ambulatory phlebectomy. Compression stockings help improve your results from the procedure. Since it’s important that the stockings you get fit you and do a good job of compressing your legs, it’s a good idea to purchase them before your procedure. Buying your stockings in advance also means you’ll have the ready to go on the day of your treatment.
Your vein doctor might ask you to take certain medications before your phlebectomy and he might ask you to stop taking certain medicines several days before the treatment. For example, it’s usually recommended that you avoid taking vitamin E supplements or aspirin a few days before the treatment, as both can thin your blood and increase your risk for bruising, bleeding and other complications.
If you are taking any other types of medicine, it’s a good idea to check in with the vascular surgeon to make sure they are safe to continue taking. Your doctor might also recommend that you take certain medications, such as certain pain relievers or a muscle relaxer, to make the procedure more comfortable and to reduce any pain afterwards.
Plan Your Outfit
It might sound frivolous, but you want to think carefully about what you wear on the day of your treat. Loose fitting clothing is usually ideal. You’ll be the most comfortable in it. It’s also a good idea to wear shorts or a skirt that exposes your legs.
Have a Good Breakfast or Lunch
One of the great things about ambulatory phlebectomy is that it doesn’t require general anesthesia. That means you don’t have to fast the morning of or the night before.
In fact, depending on when your procedure is scheduled, it’s often a good idea to make sure you enjoy a decent breakfast or lunch beforehand. You don’t want to become hungry in the middle of the treatment and you don’t want to be frantically trying to get a meal right afterwards.
Be Ready to Rest Afterwards
Although the treatment is minimally invasive, it’s a good idea to leave some room in your schedule to rest up after it. Don’t schedule workouts or major activities during the first few days or week after your treatment, for example.
If you are ready to learn more about your varicose vein treatment options and what to do to prepare, contact Bridgeport Vein Center for more information today.