TriVex offers fast treatment of varicose veins with just a few small incisions. During the procedure, a tiny light is passed under the vein to illuminate it. This gives your doctor a better look at the vein. Then, another small device is inserted and the damaged vein is removed.
Another name for the TriVex procedure is a "transilluminated powered phlebectomy.
Care at home after TriVex
At your follow-up appointment, you will have a compression dressing applied. The surgical dressing should be kept on until you are seen again in the clinic following surgery. Drainage on the dressing is normal. It may be yellow, bloody or a mixture of both.
Bruising and swelling
Once the dressing is removed in the clinic, you can expect some bruising and mild swelling. The amount of bruising and swelling varies from patient to patient. A small amount of drainage may continue for up to one week after the procedure. An ace bandage and absorbent gauze will be applied in the clinic. You can remove it to shower, but reapply it afterwards.
Elevating your leg
You need to elevate your leg as much as possible in the first 3 to 5 days after surgery.
Slowly increase your activity. Most people are able to return to work one week after surgery. Walking will help with your recovery. Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time.
You will receive pain medication after your surgery to take as needed. It is ok to use Tylenol for milder pain. You can use Ibuprofen starting a week after surgery. If you take aspirin for heart reasons, you may resume it right after surgery; otherwise, wait a week before taking aspirin.
Once it is comfortable to do so, start gently massaging your leg. Pay special attention to bruised or hardened areas. Massage 2 to 3 times per day until bruising and hardness has gone away.
Support (compression) stockings
As soon as it is comfortable for you to do so, use your support stockings in place of the ace wrap. After surgery, you should wear your support stockings as much as possible on an ongoing basis.
When to call a doctor
If you continue to have significant swelling, an increase in swelling or pain 2 weeks after surgery, please call the Vascular Center 651-232-2550.
You will need to schedule two post-procedure appointments:
- 2 to 3 days after your surgery, you will need an appointment with a Vascular Center nurse to change your dressings.
- 1 month after your procedure you will need a follow-up appointment with your surgeon.
For more information
If you have questions about the procedure or to speak with a nurse, call HealthEast Vascular Center at 651-232-2550.