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How long should I wait after varicose vein surgery to take an airplane trip, or does it matter?
I generally say 2 weeks, but it probably doesn't make too much difference as in know many MDs who allow sooner travel.
I simply recommend that you get a follow up ultrasound to make sure that your veins are "ok." If that is the case, you should be free to fly but keep your stockings on during flight and try to do as much walking about the cabin as possible. Also, calf flexing exercises and hydration are recommended. You should discuss flying with your treating physician in case you have multiple risk factors for blood clots.
I recommend waiting 2 weeks following varicose vein treatment before flying. I also recommend that you wear the support hose (compression stockings) during the flight and take a baby aspirin.
Will there is no specific answer to this important question, the following guidelines should help.
First, the question comes up because air travel is a known risk factor for the development of vein thrombosis and phlebitis. The concept is to minimize multiple risks for these complications.
The risk of phlebitis is rather low after a vein operation, however the nature and extent of the procedure is the most important aspect to consider. Other pre-existing risks need also be taken into account. These include a previous history of phlebitis, a known hematologic hypercoaguable state, the general activity of the individual, and several co-morbid conditions.While data suggests that the risk of flying increases over 2 1/2 hours, a planned shorter flight may be extended due to airline schedules , etc.
I feel it is safe for a limited phlebectomy to fly after 2-3 days, where an extensive large vein sclerotherapy or endovenous vein ablation in my Practice would lean towards 7 to 14 days.