Can you fly safely with a superficial vein?

Can you fly safely with a superficial vein? I had some bleeding under the skin and I'm taking antibiotics. I fly on Friday and have a surgical stocking to wear. Is this OK?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (8)


Answered by Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS, RVT, RPVI, RPhS

If you mean superficial vein thrombosis, the answer is yes. Make sure you do leg exercises regularly and get up and walk.

Published on May 25, 2018

Answered by Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS, RVT, RPVI, RPhS (View Profile)

If you mean superficial vein thrombosis, the answer is yes. Make sure you do leg exercises regularly and get up and walk.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Intermountain Vein Center

As long as you wear your compression stockings, you should be fine.

Published on Apr 17, 2014

Answered by Intermountain Vein Center

As long as you wear your compression stockings, you should be fine.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by The Sheen Vein Institute

People fly with superficial vein issues all the time. Other than the possibility of some swelling and discomfort, most of these people really do not have any major issues. I also approve of your stocking wear while on the plan. This will help minimize any potential issues that you might experience as a result of your vein issues.

Published on Mar 28, 2014

Answered by The Sheen Vein Institute

People fly with superficial vein issues all the time. Other than the possibility of some swelling and discomfort, most of these people really do not have any major issues. I also approve of your stocking wear while on the plan. This will help minimize any potential issues that you might experience as a result of your vein issues.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Finesse Surgical Solutions

It is probably safe for you to fly, especially if you wear compression stockings and stay active during the flight. It is a good time to stretch and pump your feet.

Published on Mar 20, 2014

Answered by Finesse Surgical Solutions

It is probably safe for you to fly, especially if you wear compression stockings and stay active during the flight. It is a good time to stretch and pump your feet.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vein Center of Orange County

Surgical stockings can prevent thrombosis, including those which come from long periods of sitting from air travel. So fly more safely with peace of mind wearing your 20-30 mm (or greater) compression stocking.

Published on Mar 20, 2014

Answered by Vein Center of Orange County

Surgical stockings can prevent thrombosis, including those which come from long periods of sitting from air travel. So fly more safely with peace of mind wearing your 20-30 mm (or greater) compression stocking.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Yes, you can fly safely with a superficial vein.

Published on Mar 19, 2014

Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Yes, you can fly safely with a superficial vein.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by HeartCare Associates Vein Center

Yes, flying would be fine. However, I would get up and walk a little every couple of hours to help minimize the risk of blood clots. I would advise any patient to do this. That superficial vein will not be dangerous, nor will it predispose you to deep vein blood clots. I agree with the compression stockings; they will offer you some added protection against blood clots.

Published on Mar 19, 2014

Answered by HeartCare Associates Vein Center (View Profile)

Yes, flying would be fine. However, I would get up and walk a little every couple of hours to help minimize the risk of blood clots. I would advise any patient to do this. That superficial vein will not be dangerous, nor will it predispose you to deep vein blood clots. I agree with the compression stockings; they will offer you some added protection against blood clots.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

I am not sure what you mean by a superficial vein. If you mean superficial phlebitis, then you can fly but you should take extra precautions (e.g., wearing the support hose, staying hydrated, not drinking alcohol, getting up and moving at least once per hour, and taking an adult aspirin the night before and the day you fly). Repeat this process on the return trip. Flying does increase your risk of both superficial and deep phlebitis. You may want to have a venous ultrasound as a baseline before you fly. I usually recommend no flying for 2 weeks after vein treatments. You can fly if you take the necessary precautions, but you need to know that you are at some increased risk for further phlebitis.

Published on Mar 18, 2014

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

I am not sure what you mean by a superficial vein. If you mean superficial phlebitis, then you can fly but you should take extra precautions (e.g., wearing the support hose, staying hydrated, not drinking alcohol, getting up and moving at least once per hour, and taking an adult aspirin the night before and the day you fly). Repeat this process on the return trip. Flying does increase your risk of both superficial and deep phlebitis. You may want to have a venous ultrasound as a baseline before you fly. I usually recommend no flying for 2 weeks after vein treatments. You can fly if you take the necessary precautions, but you need to know that you are at some increased risk for further phlebitis.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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