People rely on their cars more and more and a question I frequently get asked is “when can I drive after my vein treatment?”. Well it to some extent it depends on the treatment that you are having.
So for example if you are having the VenaSeal® procedure (that’s where we use a medical superglue inside the vein) or the Clarivein® procedure you can drive yourself straightaway. That means you can drive to the clinic and home or back to work even after your treatment. That’s because we use very little local anaesthetic in fact usually just one small local anaesthetic injection her leg. In the case of Venaseal® there are bandages or stockings to wear afterwards and in the case of Clarivein® we use only a medical stocking and no bandage. So I have known people who have driven themselves to the treatment and then driven back to work or back home afterwards.
Now if you are having sclerotherapy and it is your 1st treatment I usually advise that you don’t drive straight away and that you have somebody bring you to the clinic and drive you away. And the reason for this is that very rarely sclerotherapy can cause a migraine, sometimes with a blinding headache and visual symptoms such flashing lights in front the eye. It happens very rarely and in my experience it usually only affects people who suffer with migraine anyway. It is never permanent – it only lasts usually just a few minutes and it occurs immediately after treatment. But I would not want you to drive with a migraine or shortly after recovering from a migraine. Now if you have had sclerotherapy without a migraine then I am very happy for you to drive yourself to the clinic and drive away, both after foam sclerotherapy and after sclerotherapy for thread veins.
Finally, it you are having an endo-venous treatment such as laser I do not advise driving straight away after the treatment. I recommend that you have somebody bring you to the clinic for your treatment and then drive you home. And the reason for this is that we use typically quite a lot of local anaesthetic and we do often put a firm bandage with a stocking over the top. This doesn’t inhibit your ability to walk but it might affect your ability to do an emergency stop. The next day if you feel comfortable and if you are able to do an emergency stop, you can drive. Check with your motor insurance company that they are happy to cover you for driving in such circumstance.
Now remember these are my guidelines, and you should always take the advice of the specialist treating you. I sometimes modify this guidance to my patients if they are having a lot of vein treatment to both legs at the same time or if they are having combination treatments.
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