Evidence published in June in the prestigious medical journal The British Journal of Surgery confirms our own research that at present there is very little evidence to be dogmatic about compression following vein treatment. This has important implications for you.
The team of UK academics reviewed seven randomised controlled trials comparing different durations and methods of compression after surgery (now regarded as obsolete my many), foam sclerotherapy, and endovenous laser ablation. Their conclusion was that there is currently very little quality evidence to base any national recommendations concerning compression following treatment for varicose veins.
Our research here at the VeinCare Centre performed last year goes further. We found that many patients find the compression we apply after vein treatment uncomfortable and take it off earlier than we suggest. In medical terms this is described as poor compliance. However, many of our patients tell us that wearing compression is the “worst bit of having their veins done!”
In the light of our own research and the result of published research we now suggest the following after vein treatments.
- Wear the compression after vein treatment for 48 hours
- Take it off any time if it is uncomfortable
- Wear the compression for longer during the day, if your legs feel more comfortable with it on
The result of this change is that patients are more comfortable and more likely to follow the advice.
Ref – BJS 2015; 102: 719–725 (June)
Now, if you’re worried about your veins and would like a confidential chat please do get in touch. Our advisors are very happy to offer simple advice by telephone or email for free and without obligation. You can call and book an appointment direct without a referral from your GP on 01935 873951.
The VeinCare Centre also offers a screening assessment with our vascular technologist. For £25 you can have a scan with Wendy Parsons. She is not a doctor and so she cannot give you medical advice but she can check your deep veins and your varicose veins and give you an idea of how bad they are. If you would like to have an appointment with Wendy please call 01935 873 951