- For the first 2 days elevate the extremity above your heart for 45 minutes out of every hour.
- After 2 days you may remove the ace wraps while your legs are elevated, but if you wish to get up and walk around, you must rewrap them.
- You will have a dressing in place covered by 1 or 2 ace wraps.
- You may remove the dressing in 48 hours. Leave the small plastic strips (steri-strips) in place. No other dressing is needed.
- Once the dressing is removed, you may shower. Pat the areas dry—do not rub. Do not use cream, lotion, or alcohol on the incision areas.
- There may be a small amount of blood, clear beige or yellow discharge from the incisions for a couple of days. This is normal.
- Re-wrap the affected leg at least twice daily from the base of your toes to above the knee with ace wraps.
- Start with a liquid diet.
- Return to your normal diet as you tolerate it.
- Return to your normal medications.
- Pain medicine can be constipating, use suppositories as you need them.
- After the first visit to the doctor you may go back to wearing compression stockings if they do not bother your incisions.
- It is also important to encourage venous blood flow by elevating the legs above the level of the heart, walking frequently, and doing exercise that uses the leg muscles.
- Wearing compression stockings helps prevent more varicose veins.
- Talk to your doctor about returning to work.
Please call our office at 541- 754-1286 if there are any questions.