Sclerotherapy is one of the
modern-day treatments for varicose and spider veins. It is a minimally invasive
treatment that involves injecting a chemical solution directly into the vein.
The entire process takes less than 30 minutes, depending upon the number of
veins and infected area.
Though sclerotherapy has
successfully treated several varicose vein patients, some patients are doubtful
about the after-care and side effects.
One of them is flying after
Questions like is it safe to fly
after sclerotherapy, what is the minimum distance to travel, and what risks are
associated with it often arise in mind.
Read below to find out the
suggestions from healthcare experts:
After sclerotherapy, most
patients recover quickly and return to routine activities on the same day.
However, flying involves long hours of sitting, limited leg room, and less
humidity. It is the reason why most healthcare experts recommend waiting for at
least 3-4 weeks before flying.
Though the risk of
complications is very rare, some reasons for not to fly are as follows:
Deep Vein Thrombosis, which
is a blood clot development in a vein, might occur due to flying. But the
condition is rare, and advice is usually given to stay safe. One big reason for
developing this condition is prolonged immobility. That is why doctors
typically advise short-distance flying in case of urgencies before 4
Like many other latest
treatments, sclerotherapy can also cause some bruises as a side effect. They
are caused due to the breakage of blood vessels, pressure and compression, or
due to inflammatory response. But the severity varies from person to person.
Thankfully, these bruises go
away in a few weeks. So, if you are flying for a holiday, wait for some time to
regain the beauty of your legs.
Distance from the
Another reason to wait is to
look for any side effects. If the clinic is near, you can easily consult with
the doctor. However, flying can make it difficult as the doctor won’t be able
to examine your condition physically.
Though the side effects are
rare, consulting the doctor even for minor swelling after the procedure gives
peace of mind.
Preventive Measures to Fly
In some urgent situations,
patients can take preventive measures and fly safely. These preventive tips are
Elevate your Legs
Try to elevate the legs if
possible. Also, avoid sitting in the same position for long hours. Take breaks,
go for a bathroom trip, or just walk around for a few seconds.
Pay for Extra Leg Room
If possible, try to get some
extra space by paying more money. Some airlines provide this option, which is
helpful for patients with varicose veins.
Drink plenty of water even on
the go. Dehydration can cause complications, so keep a record of your water
Do not forget to wear
compression stockings. They provide pressure and help reduce swelling and
Comprehensive Vein Care offers sclerotherapy and many other varicose vein treatment procedures. Get in touch for a free consultancy!