This checklist will help you remember the steps you need to take to ensure a positive outcome after treatment. Please read it carefully and make sure you carry out all the necessary requirements.
To ensure success of your treatment, it is essential that you observe the following instructions.
Exercise and activity
- Continue with your normal work and exercise routine.
- Walk for a minimum of 30 minutes immediately after each treatment.
- Walk for at least 45 minutes per day. This is required for a minimum of 2 weeks after each treatment session.
- Walking is also essential to prevent thrombophlebitis (excessive inflammation in the treated vein) and deep venous thrombosis (DVT or clots). Furthermore, research has demonstrated that exercise combined with compressive stocking reduces the risk of post-treatment skin pigmentation.
- Do not confine yourself to bed – walk as much as possible,
- Avoid standing still for prolonged periods
- Avoid activities that cause you to exert yourself excessively especially jogging, squats and constipation.
Pain and discomfort
- You should not experience any pain after the treatment.
- If you notice any severe or continuous pain, or any swelling of the legs please contact the clinic on (02) 9439 2899 or Dr Gracé on mobile 0403 711 355. You may require aspirin or other suitable anti-inflammatory medication such as Nurofen®, Naprogesic®, Naprosyn®, Voltaren®, Indocid®, Celebrex®, Feldene® etc.
- Leave your compression stocking on continuously for 24 hours. During this time you will be able to bathe by rolling the stocking down to the mid-thigh or covering the stocking with a plastic bag or waterproof overstocking and sealing with tape at the top.
- For the next 3 days after the period of continuous compression you can remove the stocking for brief showers or baths (5 minutes). The compressive stocking is to be replaced immediately afterwards.
- From the 4th day you may remove the stocking just before going to bed but you must put the stocking on again first thing in the morning. Continue to wear the stocking during the day only for the next 10 days. Keep the time you spend standing without the compression stocking to an absolute minimum.
- If you have any discomfort in your foot at night which disturbs your sleeps, remove the stocking immediately. Please make sure you put the stocking on before getting out of bed the next morning.
- A common problem with the stocking is for it to creep down and bunch around the knee. In this case stocking glue may be required to hold the stocking in place.
- Compression minimises formation of blood trapping and pigmentation, reduces the number of treatments necessary and reduces the risk of deep venous thrombosis.
- These stockings are known as Grade 2 Compression Stockings must be thigh-high and at least Grade 2 (30-40mmHg) and may be purchased from leading pharmacies.