Scheduling a long flight with varicose veins?
Make sure jet lag is your only worry
Can I fly with Varicose Veins?
The question comes up regularly, probably because of the rare occurrence of blood clotting called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that is seen in some people after a long air flight.
DVT during plane travel is a threat during long flights over more than three or four hours – especially if you stay in your seat the whole time. If you walk the aisles a few lengths you should be OK.
People at risk of DVT and other vein problems can suffer from these issues if they sit too long anywhere, including in front of the television or while driving.
Can I fly after Varicose Vein Treatments?
After your varicose veins are treated, you most often should be able to do any normal activity within a few days, including flying. When you have your varicose veins treated, your doctor will ask you questions about your health and your family history regarding varicose veins and clotting. The physician will also conduct an ultrasound on the leg to be treated, which would uncover any existing thrombosis.
Tips for flying with varicose veins
If you are planning to travel by air after vein treatments, you should of course walk up and down the aisles every so often. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Consider wearing compression hose to further prevent blood from pooling in your lower legs.
For those whose vein procedure was extensive, you might postpone a flight for two to four weeks after the treatment just to be doubly cautious.
If you have concerns, you can schedule an ultrasound after varicose vein removal to make sure your legs are in good shape. And talk about your travel schedule with your doctor, especially if you have any history or other risk factors for clotting.
After a flight, if you have flown for several hours and your lower legs seem swollen, see a doctor to check it out.
Those precautions, along with the safety and relative ease of today’s varicose vein treatments, should give every vein patient the confidence to travel by air.
Do you have questions about traveling with your varicose veins? Contact our doctor to schedule a free consultation.