5 Things to do Before a Varicose Vein Treatment

June 23, 2022 The Vein Institute

Thanks to recent advancements in research and technology, varicose vein treatments are much less invasive. However, as they are still medical treatments, they’ll require some preparation on your end. So, here’s our breakdown of the key prep steps you’ll need to take to ensure your treatment and recovery go as smoothly as possible.

1-2 weeks before treatment

Make arrangements at work

Heavy lifting, sitting, and standing put pressure on your veins and could compromise the vein seal. Generally, we’d recommend avoiding these activities for around 2 weeks after treatment. So if your job requires lifting boxes, sitting at a desk, or standing behind a counter, take some time off or arrange to work from home. 

The day of

Stay hydrated

Person holding a glass of water to hydrate before their varicose vein treatment

Close-up of a person’s hand holding a glass of water against a white backdrop

Drinking plenty of water before your varicose vein treatment will help regulate your blood pressure and flow. It can also help minimise some of the symptoms caused by the procedure, like pain and swelling. 

Wear loose clothing

Women wearing loose clothing, as patients need to do before their varicose vein treatment

Mid-shot of 6 women wearing flowing dresses in different colours and white shoes.

We’ll be bandaging the incision site and putting a custom-fitted compression stocking over it. As you can imagine, skinny jeans and even leggings are not a good idea. Additionally, tight clothing impacts your circulation, which can impact the healing process. 

Wear your walking shoes

Person wearing comfortable shoes, as patients need to do the day of their varicose vein treatment

Close-up of Nike brand sneakers worn by a person in brown pants against a turquoise and orange background

You’ll need to do plenty of walking for 2 weeks after your procedure (and for the sake of keeping your veins healthy, continue to do so after the 2 weeks are up). This includes taking a 30-minute stroll after you leave our clinic. So, make sure you come in with at least moderately comfortable footwear, like sneakers or flats. 

Bring something to do

Woman reading a book, as patients can do during their treatment

Mid-shot of a woman in striped pants reclining sideways on an armchair and reading a book.

Treatments generally go for around 45 minutes, and you will not be going under sedation. Make sure to bring a book with you, download some new games on your phone, and let us know your favourite music. We’ll be happy to play it for you during your procedure. 


Seek specialist advice

Every varicose vein treatment starts with a consultation where we’ll go over your treatment plan and any extra steps you may need to take before or after. 

So, if you haven’t yet, book yours today by calling 1300 535 017.