Does having a superficial blood clot in my varicose vein greatly increase my risk of DVT? How soon before I can fly long haul?

I have painful, severe varicose veins in my rt leg. I also have swelling/pain/heaviness in both. Last year, a vein surgeon confirmed this is due to problems with veins in both legs and suggested EVLA and sclerotherapy. I needed to fly long haul 1-month after and due to having small phlebitis on my right varicose vein, she said my risk of DVT is higher and to wait 6 months to fly long haul. I backed out of the treatment. Now things are worse. How soon can I fly in my case? I'm 28 years old.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Varicose veins do not increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis. However, I recommend that patients who have a closure procedure:

>wait 2 weeks before flying and when ready to fly, wear support hose on the plane
>take a baby Aspirin the night before they fly
>stay well hydrated
>do not drink alcohol
>get up to walk every 2 hours during the flight

Published on May 20, 2019

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Varicose veins do not increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis. However, I recommend that patients who have a closure procedure:

>wait 2 weeks before flying and when ready to fly, wear support hose on the plane
>take a baby Aspirin the night before they fly
>stay well hydrated
>do not drink alcohol
>get up to walk every 2 hours during the flight

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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