You will be given a prescription for a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen or Diclofenac. These will control some of the post operative inflammation which is inevitable. They can produce some abdominal discomfort particularly in patients over the age of 40 and therefore they are frequently prescribed with a proton pump inhibitor such as Omeprazole. While taking these tablets can be helpful if they are poorly tolerated they should not be used and replaced with paracetamol or an equivalent.
Most patients can return to driving after several days. You be able to comfortably perform an emergency stop before taking the wheel. Any specific concern should be clarified with your own insurance company. Short distance air travel is possible shortly after the procedure. However long haul flights to places such as the Canary Islands and beyond should be avoided for about 6 weeks.
There are many different types of stockings and many different manufacturers. As a result there are lots of options all of which are very acceptable. I recommend a full length ( Thigh) stocking with a middle grade compression. This is a so called Class 2 stocking and normally has a compression in the range of 20 – 30 mmHg. Stockings are available in the UK, European and US standards. As a result it can be a little bit confusing. The exact limits of the 20 – 30 mmHg differ slightly depending on the origin of the stockings. I prefer stockings with the silicone top bands to reduce the prospect of them falling down. I also recommend an open rather than a closed toe on the foot section as there are a number of devices available to aid application for this type. While this is not important to everyone it can be of value to older patients. The most important aspect however is that the stocking is the correct size. Most pharmacies with compression stockings will be able to measure the customer however I am happy to do this on request at consultation.
I see most patients after six weeks for review during which I re scan the leg and deal with any questions and queries. The appointment can be moved to suit your circumstances. Please call or email Elaine/Martina for an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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