Pre Operation Instructions
One week before your procedure: STOP ALL Plavix, Aspirin or NSAID(Ibuprofen, Motrin Alleve, Naproxyn) products 1 week before your procedure.
On the day of your surgery: Do not take Aspirin or other blood thinning drugs (eg. Vitamin E, Gingko Biloba), Ibuprofen, or other non steroidal inflammatory drugs for 2 days before and 2 days after your treatment to decrease the chance of bruising. Inform the Doctor if you are taking estrogen or birth control pills.
We recommend not to drink alcoholic beverages and not to smoke for 3 days before your treatment: these substances impair healing. Do not apply any cream, lotion, oil or self tanners to your legs the night before or the day of your treatment. Eat a light meal or snack 1 ½ hours before your appointment If you need medications to help you relax, make sure you have a ride home. Bring loose fitting / comfortable clothing. It is advised when having treatment of Reticular Veins to postpone flying for 48 hours. If you develop fever, flu or other illness before your appointment you must reschedule.
Post Operation Instructions
On the day of surgery, try to stay up as much as possible, sitting, standing or walking around rather than remaining in bed. You should, however, rest when tired. When reclining to rest, elevate your legs and back using several pillows for the first 1-2 days after surgery. Lie on your back rather than your sides or stomach. Avoid bending or lifting more than 10lbs during the first week. Take extra precautions to protect your head and neck from bumps, hits or injuries. Passive exercise is permitted, however no physical contact sports are allowed for 2 months post-surgery. No swimming, gym workouts or strenuous activities for 2 weeks post-surgery. Don’t get bandages wet. Try to keep them dry at all times. Bandages will be removed by the nurse two days after surgery date and compression stocking will be applied that same day. Compression stockings should be used for at least 3 weeks. Patient should only remove stockings when taking a shower and at bed time.
CAUTION: It is dangerous and illegal to drive or operate machinery while taking prescription narcotic pain medications. Do not drive while taking these medications, even if you feel like you can. Take all pain relievers with food or liquid nourishment in order to avoid nausea. Continue taking all medications as prescribe the day of surgery. Do not take aspirin or aspirin containing products during the first week after surgery unless specifically instructed by your doctor, as aspirin will increase bleeding.