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.