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How long before exercising? With varicose vein vascular surgery, how long will it be before exercising can begin?

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Dr. James White
Cosmetic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Exercise post varicose vein surgery is dependant on multiple factors.
Type of surgery, stripping, laser, radiofrequency. Plus or minus sclerotherapy. Site of veins treated as well as the type of exercise activities that you are planning to undertake. Best to speak directly with the surgeon who completed or is going to complete your vein procedures. Multiple factors...Unable to answer.

In brief: Depends

Exercise post varicose vein surgery is dependant on multiple factors.
Type of surgery, stripping, laser, radiofrequency. Plus or minus sclerotherapy. Site of veins treated as well as the type of exercise activities that you are planning to undertake. Best to speak directly with the surgeon who completed or is going to complete your vein procedures. Multiple factors...Unable to answer.
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Now

With your stocking on you can start now.

In brief: Now

With your stocking on you can start now.
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In brief: 10 days

You should be able to recommence walking from the following day but a return to gym or gentle jogging usually takes 10-14 days

In brief: 10 days

You should be able to recommence walking from the following day but a return to gym or gentle jogging usually takes 10-14 days
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Exercise

this depends upon what type of procedure was performed to treat the varicose veins.
If thermal ablation was the treatment than usually you can resume exercising within the first few days after the procedure. The may be some discomfort mostly described as a "pulling sensation" as result of the shrinkage of the vein. With open surgery the wait time is about 2 weeks'

In brief: Exercise

this depends upon what type of procedure was performed to treat the varicose veins.
If thermal ablation was the treatment than usually you can resume exercising within the first few days after the procedure. The may be some discomfort mostly described as a "pulling sensation" as result of the shrinkage of the vein. With open surgery the wait time is about 2 weeks'
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Usually 2 weeks

This depends on what type of surgery & how invasive the surgery was.
The most common vascular surgery on varicose veins is1) Endovenous ablation and 2) ambulatory phlebectomy. I usually limit my patient for about 1 week after #1 and 2 weeks for #2. When small incisions are made on the leg it is best to wait 2 weeks for healing. For more minor procedures a few days to a week is usually enough.

In brief: Usually 2 weeks

This depends on what type of surgery & how invasive the surgery was.
The most common vascular surgery on varicose veins is1) Endovenous ablation and 2) ambulatory phlebectomy. I usually limit my patient for about 1 week after #1 and 2 weeks for #2. When small incisions are made on the leg it is best to wait 2 weeks for healing. For more minor procedures a few days to a week is usually enough.
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Dr. Pushpinder Sivia
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: 1 week

Usually after varicose vein surgery that involves either evlt laser or radiofrequency ablation of the saphenous vein, it is recommended to refrain from strenuous exercise for about one week.
Also i recommend a thigh high compression stocking to be worn by my patients. This ensures that the vein treated remains collapsed. After this periods of time, you can resume all exercise.

In brief: 1 week

Usually after varicose vein surgery that involves either evlt laser or radiofrequency ablation of the saphenous vein, it is recommended to refrain from strenuous exercise for about one week.
Also i recommend a thigh high compression stocking to be worn by my patients. This ensures that the vein treated remains collapsed. After this periods of time, you can resume all exercise.
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: There

There are several ways varicose veins can be treated; sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, stripping, etc, and the time frame for recovery will vary.
If you are undergoing greater saphenous vein ligation and stripping, there is an approximately 90% chance of success. Usually at the end of the surgery your legs will be tightly wrapped in bandages. These remain in place for 3-5 days. Occasionally you will be instructed to keep your legs wrapped for a longer period of time. The purpose of the wraps is to both prevent bleeding and bruising as well as facilitate the collapse and scarring of damaged veins. After the removal of your bandages you should continue to wear compression stockings for a minimum of 2-3 weeks and preferably longer. You will be asked to be up and walking after surgery. Usually you are instructed to take several short walks per day, building up distance over time. By two weeks you should be able to do all your day to day activities. Most surgeons suggest that you refrain from strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks post surgery. It is important to keep your legs elevated whenever you are sitting or resting to diminish swelling. You will likely have an appointment 1-2 weeks after surgery for evaluation and suture removal and this is a good time to review your activity timeline with your surgeon.

In brief: There

There are several ways varicose veins can be treated; sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, stripping, etc, and the time frame for recovery will vary.
If you are undergoing greater saphenous vein ligation and stripping, there is an approximately 90% chance of success. Usually at the end of the surgery your legs will be tightly wrapped in bandages. These remain in place for 3-5 days. Occasionally you will be instructed to keep your legs wrapped for a longer period of time. The purpose of the wraps is to both prevent bleeding and bruising as well as facilitate the collapse and scarring of damaged veins. After the removal of your bandages you should continue to wear compression stockings for a minimum of 2-3 weeks and preferably longer. You will be asked to be up and walking after surgery. Usually you are instructed to take several short walks per day, building up distance over time. By two weeks you should be able to do all your day to day activities. Most surgeons suggest that you refrain from strenuous exercise for 4-6 weeks post surgery. It is important to keep your legs elevated whenever you are sitting or resting to diminish swelling. You will likely have an appointment 1-2 weeks after surgery for evaluation and suture removal and this is a good time to review your activity timeline with your surgeon.
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