How to Resume Exercises After Varicose Vein Surgery

Varicose veins can be a painful, unsightly malady that poses health risks to many individuals. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, varicose veins are often associated with blood clots and phlebitis. After surgery to correct varicose veins, your recovery is fairly short, and exercise is encouraged to help speed healing and regain proper vein function. Always consult your doctor before beginning exercise to ensure you are well enough and do not risk damaging the surgery site.

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Varicose veins are most common in your legs. (Image: KrisCole/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Wear compression stockings during your exercise time. Compression stockings are given to you by your surgeon to increase blood circulation to the affected veins. Failing to wear them during physical activity could put more strain and pressure on your legs, increasing risk of damage and additional varicose vein formation.

Step 2

Begin your exercise slowly by walking the day after your surgery. According to the Varicose Vein Guide website, you can resume physical activity 24 hours after your surgery with light walking and leg lifts. As your healing progresses, you can increase your activity, gradually, implementing longer walks, jogging and cycling.

Step 3

Wear comfortable shoes when exercising to reduce pressure on your legs. Opt for a sturdy arch support and shoes that are well fitted to your foot size. Avoid shoes that slide or are too tight, and make sure you lace them snugly before exercising.

Step 4

Follow an exercise schedule to ensure you are exercising regularly. Limiting your exercise routine will only inhibit your progress. Strive to exercise three to four days per week at first, adding additional days as you progress and your strength returns.

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