Flying after vein treatment

Published On: September, 2, 2022

Patients traveling and flying from different states or countries to seek treatment at La Jolla Vein & Vascular can return to the air within 24-hours after the procedure (although it’s understandable if the stay is extended to take in the beautiful sights of San Diego). Although a patient can easily resume most day-to-day activities right after treatment, it’s recommended to avoid air travel for the first 24-hours. Once in the air, however, it’s important to wear the prescribed compression stockings and work on increasing the circulation in your legs. To do this, please make sure to pump the calf muscles regularly and get up from your chair every two hours. It’s the best way to facilitate healing in the air—and it’s a sure fire way to avoid economy class syndrome.

There are risks of flying after vein treatment that you need to know about. 

Factors that influence the risks after vein treatment include: 

  • The length of the flight
  • How soon after treatment
  • The type of vein procedure

For flying longer than 4 hours:

If patients have been treated with endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) or ultrasound guided sclerotherapy (UGS), there is an increased risk in development of in-flight deep vein thrombosis (DVT, a leg blood clot). 

If patients have had varicose veins treated, the risk of deep vein thrombosis increases when flying on long-haul flights. 

Although waiting to fly long distances for 3-4 weeks is ideal, sometimes there is no choice. If it cannot be avoided, here are some preventative measures to follow.

1.Wear compression stockings or compression socks: wearing compression helps support consistent blood flow, prevents blood settling in the lower legs because of gravity, and improves lymphatic drainage preventing swelling.

2.Keep moving: Movement is key. It helps contract the calf muscle which helps to move blood around the legs.

3.Hydrate well: Drink water and avoid alcohol (which causes dehydration).

4.Blood thinners: Patients at a particularly high risk of DVT may be prescribed and be taking blood thinners.

5.Most importantly, if you have any questions or concerns to discuss about flying during this time, please contact our office, so you can both be well informed and prepared.

“Bringing Experts Together for Unparalleled Vein and Vascular Care”

La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care. 

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Elliot DeYoung, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

Our accredited center is also a nationally known teaching site and center of excellence. 

For more information and to book a consultation, please give our office a call at 858-550-0330. 

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