How long should I wait after Varicose Vein Surgery to fly?

How long should I wait after varicose vein surgery to take an airplane trip, or does it matter?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (7)


Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

I typically ask my patients to wait a week before flying. However I have had many patients from overseas and further away who need to return home. I do like to see them at least 48 hours after the procedure. They must wear their compression hose, drink plenty of fluids, move around and take an aspirin before the flight.

Published on Oct 11, 2017

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

I typically ask my patients to wait a week before flying. However I have had many patients from overseas and further away who need to return home. I do like to see them at least 48 hours after the procedure. They must wear their compression hose, drink plenty of fluids, move around and take an aspirin before the flight.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, Ltd.

I ask my patients to wait 5-7 days. I also encourage wearing your compression stockings on the plane, saying well hydrated with water, and getting up to walk in the aisle every two hours. You may have an underlying medical issue which would alter this recommendation. Always discuss your travel plans with your physician before undergoing treatment.

Published on Oct 11, 2017

Answered by Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, Ltd. (View Profile)

I ask my patients to wait 5-7 days. I also encourage wearing your compression stockings on the plane, saying well hydrated with water, and getting up to walk in the aisle every two hours. You may have an underlying medical issue which would alter this recommendation. Always discuss your travel plans with your physician before undergoing treatment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by VEININNOVATIONS

I usually recommend waiting a week after vein treatment before flying or taking a long road trip. This is to decrease the chance of developing a blood clot post-procedure. During this period we will bring the patient back for a follow up ultrasound to make sure they haven't developed a clot.


Published on Oct 11, 2017

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Answered by VEININNOVATIONS

I usually recommend waiting a week after vein treatment before flying or taking a long road trip. This is to decrease the chance of developing a blood clot post-procedure. During this period we will bring the patient back for a follow up ultrasound to make sure they haven't developed a clot.


Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

The standard answer is 2 weeks of waiting to fly following a closure procedure or sclerotherapy because, if a clot should develop, it usually occurs within 2 weeks of the procedure. If one needs to fly sooner then staying hydrated, wearing support hose and getting up to walk every hour will help.

Published on Jun 03, 2012

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

The standard answer is 2 weeks of waiting to fly following a closure procedure or sclerotherapy because, if a clot should develop, it usually occurs within 2 weeks of the procedure. If one needs to fly sooner then staying hydrated, wearing support hose and getting up to walk every hour will help.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Miller Vein

I simply recommend that you get a follow up ultrasound to make sure that your veins are "ok." If that is the case, you should be free to fly but keep your stockings on during flight and try to do as much walking about the cabin as possible. Also, calf flexing exercises and hydration are recommended. You should discuss flying with your treating physician in case you have multiple risk factors for blood clots.

Published on Aug 27, 2010

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Answered by Miller Vein

I simply recommend that you get a follow up ultrasound to make sure that your veins are "ok." If that is the case, you should be free to fly but keep your stockings on during flight and try to do as much walking about the cabin as possible. Also, calf flexing exercises and hydration are recommended. You should discuss flying with your treating physician in case you have multiple risk factors for blood clots.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Laser Vein Center

Will there is no specific answer to this important question, the following guidelines should help.
First, the question comes up because air travel is a known risk factor for the development of vein thrombosis and phlebitis. The concept is to minimize multiple risks for these complications.
The risk of phlebitis is rather low after a vein operation, however the nature and extent of the procedure is the most important aspect to consider. Other pre-existing risks need also be taken into account. These include a previous history of phlebitis, a known hematologic hypercoaguable state, the general activity of the individual, and several co-morbid conditions.While data suggests that the risk of flying increases over 2 1/2 hours, a planned shorter flight may be extended due to airline schedules , etc.
I feel it is safe for a limited phlebectomy to fly after 2-3 days, where an extensive large vein sclerotherapy or endovenous vein ablation in my Practice would lean towards 7 to 14 days.

Published on Aug 22, 2010

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

Will there is no specific answer to this important question, the following guidelines should help.
First, the question comes up because air travel is a known risk factor for the development of vein thrombosis and phlebitis. The concept is to minimize multiple risks for these complications.
The risk of phlebitis is rather low after a vein operation, however the nature and extent of the procedure is the most important aspect to consider. Other pre-existing risks need also be taken into account. These include a previous history of phlebitis, a known hematologic hypercoaguable state, the general activity of the individual, and several co-morbid conditions.While data suggests that the risk of flying increases over 2 1/2 hours, a planned shorter flight may be extended due to airline schedules , etc.
I feel it is safe for a limited phlebectomy to fly after 2-3 days, where an extensive large vein sclerotherapy or endovenous vein ablation in my Practice would lean towards 7 to 14 days.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

I generally say 2 weeks, but it probably doesn't make too much difference as in know many MDs who allow sooner travel.

Published on Aug 02, 2010

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Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

I generally say 2 weeks, but it probably doesn't make too much difference as in know many MDs who allow sooner travel.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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