Your leg is wrapped in a compression bandage that is to remain in place for 3 days. The compression bandage can then be removed, any tapes or waterproof dressings left intact, the leg washed in the shower and a compression stocking applied.
You will need to wear a compression stocking until being reviewed by Dr Freeman between one and two weeks following the procedure. The benefit with compliance will be a reduction in bruising, swelling and pain.
Normal activity can be resumed immediately, but avoid hot baths and vigorous activity such as gym workouts until seen by Dr Freeman. During the immediate post-op period, avoid prolonged sitting and standing. We encourage you to walk for thirty minutes each day.
Your leg may also be tender for a few days or longer in the case of surgical stripping. This discomfort can generally be managed with over-the-counter analgesics, but please avoid aspirin-based products unless otherwise recommended or prescribed.
As with any invasive procedures, problems can develop. If you develop a fever (more than 38°C) or severe worsening pain or swelling, please call the rooms during office hours, the Hospital after hours or attend your Local Doctor or Emergency Department.
After your follow-up visit, wear your compression stockings during the day while you are on your feet and while exercising for up to a month depending on the advice from Dr Freeman. The stockings may be removed at night during this period.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask Dr Freeman or the nursing staff.