How many weeks post-sclerotherapy is it advisable to do medium to high intensity exercise?

Do I have to wear my compression hosiery during exercise and how many hours after exercise am I allowed to shower. On the other hand, is it helpful to cold-compress my post-injection bruising sites? Thanks!

Doctor Answers 5

We have our patients walking immediately

We have our patients walking immediately. High impact exercise 2-3 days later, utilizing stockings as recommended.

Little Rock General Surgeon
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Exercise immediately after sclerotherapy - Buffalo Niagara Vein Treatment Center

No limitations after sclerotherapy in my practice - walk immediately upon going home, and do whatever you desire the same or next day. Must wear stockings for 3 months to cover the areas injected (thigh if there was sclerotherapy done in the thigh; knee length if sclerotherapy is limited to the areas below the knee). Avoid exposing the legs to sun for 3 months and use topical creams VenoQuin and VenoLucent. 

Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Buffalo Phlebologist
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Sclerotherapy and Exercising

I would consult with your treating physician regarding there recommended protocol, as everyone's may vary. I typically tell my patients they can resume walking that same day, and have them resume medium to high intensity workouts (avoiding as much abdominal recruitment) within 3 days of treatment. Of course, I do have my patients wearing compression hosiery 24 hours a day, 7 days a week after treatment (showering in them and blow drying them afterward).

Sabrina Fabi, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Sclerotherapy works immediately. Compression for 24-48 hrs.

Normal activity immediately.

Samir Shureih MD.FACS

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Compression for only 48 hours.

Following sclerotherapy I recommend compression for only 48 hours, resumption of all exercise immediately and return to normal activities.  The only restrictions I recommend are no hot tubs or hot baths for 5 days post sclerotherapy to avoid vasodilation and avoid sun exposure for at least 2 weeks post treatment or until any bruising subsides.  For bruising I recommend ice for the first 72 hours then heat.  Support hose do not have to be worn during exercise and showers can be done immediately after exercising.  I have been doing sclerotherapy for over 20 years and patients do very well with this protocol.

John Landi, MD
Naples General Surgeon
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