I had a venous ablation procedure done. Why is there a 2-6 weeks restriction on lifting anything above 10lbs?

What could happen if I lift anything heavier than 10lbs?

Answers from doctors (6)


More About Doctor Vein Center for Women PC

Published on Jun 17, 2015

As part of your post operative protocol, a weight restriction is put into place to ensure that no pressure is built up in the leg region after an ablation procedure. With the ablation, we shut down that vessel by heat sealing the vein closed, we want to ensure that it does not re canalize or re-open as a result of increased pressure. That is the reasoning behind wearing medical stockings/hose to keep the vessel compressed. You want to instead participate in low impact less vigorous activities such as walking during this time. Once you go in for your post operative visit the doctor should be able to let you know when you can discontinue these restrictions.
Good luck.

Answered by Vein Center for Women PC (View Profile)

As part of your post operative protocol, a weight restriction is put into place to ensure that no pressure is built up in the leg region after an ablation procedure. With the ablation, we shut down that vessel by heat sealing the vein closed, we want to ensure that it does not re canalize or re-open as a result of increased pressure. That is the reasoning behind wearing medical stockings/hose to keep the vessel compressed. You want to instead participate in low impact less vigorous activities such as walking during this time. Once you go in for your post operative visit the doctor should be able to let you know when you can discontinue these restrictions.
Good luck.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


A venous ablation is a procedure whereby the vein is sealed using either laser, radiofrequency, or a foam agent. Wearing compression stockings and minimizing exercise may help prevent the vein from rechanneling.

Answered by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

A venous ablation is a procedure whereby the vein is sealed using either laser, radiofrequency, or a foam agent. Wearing compression stockings and minimizing exercise may help prevent the vein from rechanneling.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


The Vein Clinic

Published on Jun 16, 2015

Not sure. I don't have that restriction in my practice. I do ask to avoid repetitive heavy lifting while standing for several weeks to minimize increased vein pressure in the legs with those activities.

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Answered by The Vein Clinic

Not sure. I don't have that restriction in my practice. I do ask to avoid repetitive heavy lifting while standing for several weeks to minimize increased vein pressure in the legs with those activities.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jun 16, 2015

My patients typically have a restriction of up to 30 lbs after the first week and only for several weeks. I try to have them avoid heavy lifting in the first week. I do not feel that lifting heavier objects after a successful ablation will do anything. In theory lifting heavy objects engages the abdominal muscles therefore putting pressure on the venacava and increasing pressure into the legs. My patients work in factories and warehouses where lifting is part of their jobs. There has been no detriment noted by allowing up to 30 lbs.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

My patients typically have a restriction of up to 30 lbs after the first week and only for several weeks. I try to have them avoid heavy lifting in the first week. I do not feel that lifting heavier objects after a successful ablation will do anything. In theory lifting heavy objects engages the abdominal muscles therefore putting pressure on the venacava and increasing pressure into the legs. My patients work in factories and warehouses where lifting is part of their jobs. There has been no detriment noted by allowing up to 30 lbs.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Texas Vein And Cosmetic Specialists

Published on Jun 16, 2015

That's a good question. I don't know why anyone would put that kind of restriction on anyone after that procedure. Did you have another procedure, like a heart transplant, at the same time?

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Answered by Texas Vein And Cosmetic Specialists

That's a good question. I don't know why anyone would put that kind of restriction on anyone after that procedure. Did you have another procedure, like a heart transplant, at the same time?

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Jun 16, 2015

I do not place any lifting restriction after venous ablation. I do recommend no heavy squatting with weights or jogging for one wk post ablation. This allows time for the inflamed areas from the ablation to heal.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

I do not place any lifting restriction after venous ablation. I do recommend no heavy squatting with weights or jogging for one wk post ablation. This allows time for the inflamed areas from the ablation to heal.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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