7 Tips for Recovery After Varicose Vein Surgery
According to the CDC, it is estimated that around 40 million people across the United States suffer from varicose veins. Although many of these individuals opt for a more conservative approach to treatment at early stages, especially for mild cases that cause little discomfort, others require surgical intervention from a vascular surgeon in Encino, CA.
Surgery is often the best treatment modality to deal with moderate to severe cases, and/or when symptoms are impacting quality of life.
In this guide, we take a look at how you can prepare now, for an easier recovery later.
1. Pre-Surgery Office Visit
This appointment is an important one. During this visit, your vein doctor will access your medical history, give you a physical exam, and run any necessary tests to determine that you’re healthy enough for the surgery.
During this appointment, you’ll also receive detailed instructions on how to prep for the big day. Be sure to ask any lingering questions you may still have. Now’s your chance.
2. Gaining an Understanding of the Type of Surgery You’re Having
The old adage knowledge is power has held up for centuries for a reason. Knowing what to expect, how the surgery takes place, at what vein clinic, required preparation, recovery and more can help you feel at ease. It can also help you better prepare for a fast and successful recovery that is tailored to your lifestyle, enabling you to make changes unique to your own daily life and living situation.
3. Lifestyle Changes Leading Up to and After Surgery
Speaking of lifestyle changes, one question you always want to ask is what changes you can make that might improve the chances of the surgery being a success and that will speed along recovery. For example, smoking (even vaping) can significantly impact the healing process and should be avoided for a period of time leading up to and after the surgery.
Similarly, alcohol use, medications, and any supplements you are taking should also be discussed with your doctor. Some of these could have an effect on anesthesia as well as recovery.
4. Prep Your Home Ahead of Time
Your living space can have a big impact on recovery. You want to ensure the place you’ll be recovering in is safe, comfortable, and that everything you need is readily accessible.
For example, if your bedroom is upstairs, you may want to make arrangements to sleep on a downstairs couch, cot or air mattress so you avoid the stairs. Similarly, if your bathrooms are upstairs or downstairs only, you may want to invest in a temporary bedpan until you’re mobile again.
Other considerations include food and water. You want to make sure you’re well stocked up on the essentials and may even want to ‘meal prep’ ahead of time so that you have food ready without the need for cooking when you’re feeling under the weather.
Lastly, make sure you have plenty of things to keep your mind occupied and entertained while on ‘bed rest’. Search ahead of time for a list of new shows or movies to watch, have books on hand, puzzles, or other activities you can do while sitting or laying down
5. A Plan to Manage Discomfort
No matter how well a surgery goes, some discomfort is to be expected. It would not be unusual for you to experience feeling tired and sore post-surgery. Depending on the type of procedure there may even be localized swelling, bruising, tenderness and pain as the site heals.
Speak with your doctor ahead of time about the best ways to manage pain so that you’re not caught off guard. Pain isn’t just uncomfortable, it causes a lot of stress on the body and can hinder recovery.
Options for Pain Management May Include:
- OTC or prescription pain killers
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Additional support or cushioning
- A heating or cooling pad
- Gentle stretching
6. Keeping Active for a Healthy Recovery
Adequate blood flow to the legs is a key component of recovery and healing. Your doctor may suggest certain types of activity, stretches, or ways to improve circulation and speed along healing. For example, walking once every hour for 10-15 minutes may be suggested to reduce the risk of blood clots, improve circulation and help you recover faster.
But don’t rush things. Take it slow, listen to your body, and follow the direction of your doctor at all times. No one expects you to run a marathon post-surgery.
7. Nutrition to Fuel Recovery
Proper nutrition and hydration are crucial for providing your body with the fuel and building blocks needed to rebuild tissues, combat inflammation, and heal. Whole foods, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins should all be in your post-surgery meal line-up.
For more info on varicose vein treatment or vascular surgeons in Encino, CA and the greater Los Angeles area, reach out to Encino Vascular Institute today by calling (818) 908-9752 or visiting 16311 Ventura Boulevard Suite 1080p, Encino, CA 91436.