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Keeping legs elevated? Is it important to keep your leg elevated after getting varicose vein surgery?

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In brief: No

Important to walk a lot.

In brief: No

Important to walk a lot.
Dr. Terry Simpson
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology

In brief: For comfort

It depends to some degree on what kind of procedure you had done.
For the most part, though, the real purpose of leg elevation is to increase comfort. If your legs are feeling good, then elevation isn't necessary. Often, being up and walking actually makes your legs feel better than if you are lying down with your leg elevated.

In brief: For comfort

It depends to some degree on what kind of procedure you had done.
For the most part, though, the real purpose of leg elevation is to increase comfort. If your legs are feeling good, then elevation isn't necessary. Often, being up and walking actually makes your legs feel better than if you are lying down with your leg elevated.
Dr. Ted King
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes.

Yes. Definitely. Your legs will be in tight bandages for several days following vein surgery and you should keep them elevated as much as possible.
It is also recommended that you go on several short walks each day. The purpose of leg elevation is to prevent swelling and improve venous drainage while your legs are healing. This combined with tight bandages keeps veins and their tracts empty and allows them to scar down. Once the bandages have been removed you should continue with compression stockings for several weeks. The importance of walking is to keep your exercise level, improve your lung function, and prevent blood clots from forming.

In brief: Yes.

Yes. Definitely. Your legs will be in tight bandages for several days following vein surgery and you should keep them elevated as much as possible.
It is also recommended that you go on several short walks each day. The purpose of leg elevation is to prevent swelling and improve venous drainage while your legs are healing. This combined with tight bandages keeps veins and their tracts empty and allows them to scar down. Once the bandages have been removed you should continue with compression stockings for several weeks. The importance of walking is to keep your exercise level, improve your lung function, and prevent blood clots from forming.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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