Is it okay to fly after sclerotherapy?

I had scelotherapy almost 3 weeks ago. For the last 2 days I've had a very sore lump on the back of my left leg. Is this normal or should I get it checked before I travel?

Doctor Answers 11

Superficial vein thrombophlebitis leg

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I recommend that you get it examined and that time also have a venous Doppler ultrasound to make sure there no concurrent deep vein thrombosis, esp before travel. 

If there is superficial vein thrombosis, it can be drained for immediate pain relief. 

H Karamanoukian MD FCS

certified vein specialist from ABVLM and double board certified surgeon


Sclerotherapy

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Thank you for your question. Generally, it is safe to fly after

sclerotherapy. However I would have the lump checked out from your provider
before flying. Please remember to always seek treatment from a board-certified
dermatologist

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Sclerotherapy

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Thank you for your question in regards to sclerotherapy. It is safe to travel after sclerotherapy, but important to continue wearing compression stockings, stay hydrated and be sure to walk around. The lump could be trapped blood from the injections, following up with your provider is advised. To be sure what is best for you, see two or more board-certified providers in your area for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have treatment. I hope this helps.

Flying after sclerotherapy

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There is no issue with flying after sclerotherapy.  The lump on the back of your leg is most likely a thrombosis or clotted off vein segment.  This can lead to a localized area of phlebitis or inflamed vein segment.  Although not a medical concern, I would have the treating evaluate it and offer some treatments to reduce the lump and improve your results.  

Flying after sclerotherapy

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I allow my patients to fly after sclerotherapy, but I remind them to stay hydrated and walk around frequently to keep blood circulating in the legs. In this case, the painful lump should be checked out by your doctor prior to flying. It is better to be safe than sorry. 

Treatment of a superficial blood clot

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You may have thrombophlebitis. I advise my patients to use Venasmart compression stockings after sclero to prevent this. You may need evacuation of the thrombus and Swellx tablets. 

Flying after sclerotherapy

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You should have your doctor check the lump on your leg. It is always best to have things that you feel are abnormal checked. Both my patients and me sleep better at night knowing that everything is ok.  Regarding flying, I do not restrict my patients from flying following sclerotherapy. 

Flying after sclerotherapy

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I don't restrict flying following sclerotherapy but I would have the lump checked prior to flying.

Lisa Perez, MD
Atlanta Physician

Flying after Sclerotherapy

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I recommend getting the lump evaluated to see if it needs to be removed. You are fine to fly, but I would follow your Dr's protocols regarding compression. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Sclerotherapy and flying

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At 3 weeks, you are fine to fly.  Wear compression stockings if you have them as part of your treatment (all my patients do!).  The lump you can feel is likely clot in a vein that was closed by the sclerotherapy.  You should see the physician who treated you for an evaluation.  If it is a small clot, it can be removed with a needle to allow the vein to heal faster and for pain relief.

Suzan McGary, MD
Williamsport Thoracic Surgeon

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