This section of the site provides you with self-help tips on how to reduce the risk of developing vein disorders. It also provides you with information on the best way of taking care of yourself both prior to and following treatment.
Reducing the risk of vein disorders
There is no way to prevent the development of varicose veins or spider veins but there measures you can take to alleviate symptoms and limit their progression.
Regular exercise promotes healthy circulation and also slows the development of new varicose and spider veins. Diet, lifestyle changes, dietary supplements, and other natural alternatives can compliment support stockings and exercise.
There are other things you can do to promote good leg vein health:
- Eat a high fibre diet to prevent constipation
- Don’t wear tight clothes
- Elevate legs at bedtime (about 6 to 12 inches above the heart)
- Explore natural alternatives, such as massage and dietary supplements (vitamins C & E may help relieve swelling and other symptoms of poor circulation)
- Avoid crossing your legs
Pre-treatment Care Advice
If you are scheduled to undergo an endovenous laser procedure to treat your varicose veins, relax, this procedure should take approximately one hour and will be performed in the clinic. The following simple instructions will assist you in preparing for your procedure:
- Ask a friend/relative to drive you to and from your appointment. While the laser procedure will not impair your ability to walk, we advise you not drive for 24 hours following the procedure.
- You will be advised whether or not you need to bring compression stockings with you.
Advice for endovenous laser therapy patients
If you have undergone endovenous laser therapy, you may resume normal activities. There are a few exceptions and some suggestions which you should follow following the procedure:
- Try to walk at least 20 minutes twice a day. You may walk more if you wish. Walking will help the legs to recover more quickly.
- Refrain from taking a hot bath for 72 hours. You may shower and clean the treated leg.
- Please also refrain from vigorous gym exercises or running for 72 hours.
- Do not fly for one week.
- Avoid exposure to excessive sun for two weeks.
- It is normal to experience bruising, soreness and a tightening sensation in the 2-3 week period following treatment. This should begin to subside after two weeks. You can take over the counter pain medications for your discomfort.
- You will need to wear compression stockings for the advised period, taking them off to shower, but leaving them on the rest of the day and night.