Will having EVLT affect athletic performance?

I am a few weeks from possibly having EVLA on my leg and am panicking as I am a competitive runner and fitness enthusiast. I have read a lot of different opinions about exercise post-treatment and am concerned about my future with running afterwards.

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (2)


4 months ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

EVLA will improve the blood return from your legs. While it varies from surgeon to surgeon, I ask my patients to back off running for about one week. Walking, short episodes of exercising on the elliptical or treadmill then gradually returning to your normal routine are fine. I have treated many endurance event athletes who say their legs are much improved with less cramping and fatigue. I can't guarantee your times will improve--that's up to you.

4 months ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

EVLA will improve the blood return from your legs. While it varies from surgeon to surgeon, I ask my patients to back off running for about one week. Walking, short episodes of exercising on the elliptical or treadmill then gradually returning to your normal routine are fine. I have treated many endurance event athletes who say their legs are much improved with less cramping and fatigue. I can't guarantee your times will improve--that's up to you.


2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

EVLT should not affect your exercise program. There is a 2 to 4 week healing period post-EVLT, during which time you will probably be sore and bruised. That said, this should not interfere with your workout. I encourage my patients to return to normal workout as soon as they feel that they can do it. In general, it takes about 5 to 7 days to return to running. In the meantime, walking, elliptical, and biking can be done within 48 hours of the procedure. Make sure you are treated by an accredited specialist with years of experience and great success rates. When a procedure is performed in the hands of a seasoned and/or well-trained professional, the chances of complications are slim.

2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

EVLT should not affect your exercise program. There is a 2 to 4 week healing period post-EVLT, during which time you will probably be sore and bruised. That said, this should not interfere with your workout. I encourage my patients to return to normal workout as soon as they feel that they can do it. In general, it takes about 5 to 7 days to return to running. In the meantime, walking, elliptical, and biking can be done within 48 hours of the procedure. Make sure you are treated by an accredited specialist with years of experience and great success rates. When a procedure is performed in the hands of a seasoned and/or well-trained professional, the chances of complications are slim.


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