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is it okay to fly with pooled blood in the leg veins after sclerotherapy?

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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Wait 2 weeks: I recommend waiting 2 weeks after sclerotherapy before flying. Sclerotherapy is an elective procedure and although the chances of developing DVT are very low, there is no need to take any unnecessary risks. I you have to fly within this two week period, then wear support hose, stay hydrated and take a baby Aspirin the night before the flight.
Dr. Joel Gotvald
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Not advised: Would wait at least a few weeks if possible, especially if larger varicose veins were treated. Although the risk of blood clots is low after sclerotherapy, there is still a small risk of this and you don't want to take any chances. When u do fly, make sure to wear your compression stockings, walk in the aisle during the flight, & do some calf raise exercises during longer flights.

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