Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment – Patient Information

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General Information for ALL Patients

  • Bring a pair of shorts with you to each visit.
  • Once you receive compression hose, bring them back with you to each visit.
  • Do not wear any lotion on your legs the day of treatment.
  • On average, each spider vein requires 3 to 6 treatments before resolution.
  • Spider vein fees reflect a 20 minute session.
  • Laser patients for spider veins: NO sun exposure or tanning bed use for four weeks before a treatment and no artificial tanner use for two weeks before a treatment.

Information for Vein Surgery Patients

  • Bring a driver to drive you home.
  • No one other than the patient and medical staff are allowed in the surgery room.
  • You may resume normal activities within 2 days after surgery.
  • You may resume exercise after 1 week.
  • Do not swim or use a hot tub for 3 weeks after surgery.
  • Do not take aspirin, aspirin products, or Vitamin E supplements for 5 days before surgery unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
  • You should eat a normal breakfast before coming in for surgery. You can also take all normal medicines except the aspirin products.
  • Wear comfortable clothing on the day of surgery and loose fitting shoes.
  • Please provide us with two (2) weeks notice if you must cancel your surgery. Failure to do so will result in a $100 fee being charged.

What to Expect Before Treatment Begins

  • If necessary, you will be given valium or a similar medication to help you relax during the treatment.
  • You will be prepped and draped for the procedure.
  • The leg will be mapped using ultrasound. This shows the path of the diseased vein.

What to Expect After Treatment 

  • Compression dressing is placed on treated leg for 2-3 days.
  • Compression stockings to be worn for 2 weeks.
  • Return to work the next day.
  • Abstain from high impact activities (running, step aerobics, etc.) for a period of 3 weeks.
  • Walking is encouraged and will aid in the healing process.

What to Expect After Treatment 

  • Slight redness to skin in treated area. This will fade away within a few weeks.
  • Slight swelling in the treated area.
  • Slight bruising.