The time you spend with us will depend on your own circumstances and the specific type of varicose vein treatment you have, however most patients do go home on the same day. It's likely you will too unless you've had a general anaesthetic and had surgery on both legs.
After this, you will be taken to your room or comfortable area where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home.
We will give you medication while you’re with us and to take home to help ease any pain.
We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you've left hospital, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.
After laser and foam treatments you should resume normal daily activities after you are discharged (apart from driving). But if you've had foam treatment you’ll need to wear compression stockings or bandages for up to a week.
If you have a ClariVein® injection, you'll need to wear a compression stocking on your leg for a week. We'll put the stocking on for you.
After surgery, you might take up to three weeks to return to work, although this depends on your general health and the type of work you do. You may need to wear compression stockings for up to a week.
Generally your leg(s) will be bandaged while they heal.
After foam treatment your varicose veins should begin to fade within a few weeks.
How your loved ones can help
Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive. If you've had surgery on both legs you should also ask them if they can run some light errands such as shopping for you as your movement will be restricted for it for a few days.
Looking after you
Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way. Depending on the type of varicose veins and treatment you had, typically our consultants will want to see you after your procedure to see how you are doing.
On rare occasions, complications following varicose vein treatment can occur. We will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.
If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, we're ready to help.