5 Steps to Ensure Your Vein Procedure Runs Smoothly

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Learn about the different types of vein treatments, how to find a doctor who can perform them, and what you should do after receiving treatment.

Thanks to technology, vein procedures are far less complicated than ever before. Vein surgery used to be intrusive, painful, and stressful and required some serious time for recovery. However, it has now progressed into a minimally-invasive, low (if any) pain, and stress-free procedure that will have you back on your feet in no time. Though most vein treatments are nothing to worry about, it is a good idea to know a few things before heading in for your procedure. Knowing about your veins, the treatment process, and the post-procedure process will help ensure your vein procedure runs smoothly.

The Steps To A Successful Vein Procedure

The word “procedure” brings along with it a certain level of intimidation and fear. However, we are here to tell you that with Vein Clinics of America, neither intimidation nor fear is things you need to be feeling. By following a few simple steps, you will have great success in your vein surgery.

Choosing the Right Vein Clinic and Doctor

Your steps to success begin with picking the right clinic and vein doctor for your procedure.

Here are 6 questions to ask yourself when researching potential clinics and doctors:

  1.  Does the clinic provide what you need?
  2.  What credentials does the doctor have?
  3.  Is modern technology being used in the clinic and by the doctor for treatments?
  4.  What does the clinic’s insurance coverage look like?
  5.  What is your gut feeling about the clinic?
  6.  What are the reviews of the clinic?

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Once you have answered those six questions, you will have narrowed down your list of potential clinics and doctors to a top choice to go with for your procedure.

Talk Through Vein Procedure Beforehand With Doctor

In order to make you feel more comfortable about the experience ahead of you, your vein specialist will talk you through the procedure. They will share with you:

  • How the procedure itself works
  • What you’re expected to do
  • How recovery will look
  • How to handle any potential problems

This step is absolutely crucial in ensuring that you are not stressed or worried about your treatment plan. There really is nothing to worry about, and this step will guarantee that.

Relax Before and During Vein Procedure

Chances are good your vein treatment is minimally invasive and thus, you really have nothing to fear. Vein Clinics of America is the oldest and most experienced vein clinic in the entire United States, so you can trust that from start to finish, your procedure will run smoothly. With this knowledge and trust, you should be able to enter into a state of relaxation, which will allow your procedure to be a success.

Post-Procedure, Time Take to Rest

This is one of the hardest steps for people undergoing a vein procedure but is the most important part of your recovery. Though the recovery time for most vein procedures is essentially non-existent, you do not want to go full-speed into normal life again. Try to take it slow for a week. This will help to keep your bruising and pain to a minimum.

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Once you feel as if you’ve built the strength back up in your legs and are ready to go back to your workout regime, make sure you do so slowly. Don’t simply wait a week and then hop on the treadmill for a 6-mile run. Ease back into your routine to ensure that your blood flow stays normal, and also so that you don’t run the risk of opening up any of your wounds. Steer clear of any strenuous exercises for at least two weeks after your procedure. However, that doesn’t mean that you should sit still in a chair all that time. Walking does wonders for your circulation, especially post-surgery — just make sure you don’t overdo it.

Know What To Expect After Vein Surgery

There are a few things that it is important you keep in mind post-surgery that do not mean something went wrong. Here are the top ones:


Chances are very good you will experience bruising from your surgery, and do not let it send you into a panic. Your bruising will be black and blue, and possibly even green. Expect that the bruises will stick around for approximately three weeks.

Pain Levels

Immediately post-surgery your pain levels may not be very high. A bit here and there, but nothing to lose sleepover. However, know that about 8-10 days after the surgery, you will feel an increase in the level of pain in your legs, and this is normal. The pain will, for the most part, subside two weeks after your surgery.

Rare Possibility of Infection

Though not typical, if you are not caring for your wounds properly, you do run the risk of infection. Wear compression stockings for at least three days following the procedure, only taking them off to shower and sleep. Make it a habit to regularly check where your incision was made to sure it is free of pus, redness, and swelling. By following these steps before and after your vein surgery, you massively reduce the chances of anything going wrong, and ensuring that your vein procedure runs smoothly.

The best way to make sure all goes well with your vein treatment is to talk with your doctor at Vein Clinics of America. From your consultation to your post-procedure follow-ups, the vein doctors at VCA will make this process seamless and stress-free for you so that you can focus your attention on enjoying your life with healthy veins.

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Medically Reviewed by

Dr. Satish Vayuvegula
Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is the National Medical Director at Vein Clinics of America. Certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is recognized as a physician who has met rigorous standards of knowledge and extensive training in phlebology, the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease and related disorders. Dr. Satish also shares his passion and expertise by serving as a board member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, the predominant national organization for venous and lymphatic disease.

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