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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Vein stripping is surgery to remove varicose veins. Varicose veins are large, twisted veins that bulge out under your skin.
- Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You will need to return to have your wound checked and drain or stitches removed. You may need more blood tests or another ultrasound to check blood flow in your legs. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Return to your usual activities as directed. Walking is a good exercise because it helps improve blood flow and prevent blood clots. Ask your healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you.
You may need to wear pressure stockings.
The stockings are tight and put pressure on your legs. This improves blood flow and helps prevent clots.
Keep your incisions clean and dry. When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your incisions are red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Your stitches loosen or come apart.
- You have trouble moving your leg or foot.
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You feel lightheaded and short of breath.
- You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough, or you cough up blood.
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