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I had the VNUS closure procedure done almost five weeks ago and still have swollen, tender and cord-like veins on the inside of my leg. When will they disappear? Also, can sleeping on my side with the veins pressing against the mattress delay the healing?
It can take several months for the cord-like veins to resolve. It does not matter how you sleep, the effects of the procedure will not be altered.
It usually takes 3-4 months for the symptoms to go away. No, sleeping on the side with the treat veins will not delay healing.
The closer your saphenous vein lies to the surface, the more likely a person will develop a tender palpable cord in my experience. If the vein was significantly large, it may contribute to the size of the cord as well. This may take several weeks to months to resolve, although the patient will also notice some benefit in relief of the pre-treatment symptoms after closure. Time will eventually resolve this cord, but it can be up to a year or longer in a few patients. I recommend you use moisturizing lotion daily to massage the legs, as it seems to ease the discomfort and may expedite resolution of the cord. I don't believe sleeping on your side will delay healing in my opinion.
Everyone heals at a different pace. These veins could disappear in weeks or several months, but the point is that they should resolve. This, of course, is assuming that the veins feel like hard cords. If you still have varicose veins that don't resolve after a few months, they would need further treatment.
The cord you are feeling is the closed and inflamed saphenous vein in the subcutaneous fatty layer. This may take months to soften up. The mattress will not adversely affect your healing time.
Clots are normal following VNUS closure procedures. They could take 2 months to resolve. Heat and anti-inflammatories will help this. How you sleep will not affect your results.
The swollen, tender and cord-like veins you mentioned should disappear in a few weeks. Or, your doctor could do a small procedure to extract the clotted blood. The latter will depend, however, on the type of procedure you initially had.
Everyone heals at different rates, but most palpable veins are completely absorbed between 6-12 months. If they are still tender, wearing compression stockings will help promote healing.