The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Compression stockings are traditionally worn for a period of time after varicose vein surgery to reduce pain and bruising.
Compression stockings after endovenous laser ablation of the great saphenous vein: a prospective randomized controlled trial. ' The investigators plan to divide 110 patients into two groups- either 'stockings for 2 weeks' (trial group) or 'stockings for 4 weeks' (usual treatment group).Pre-operatively, all patients will fill out a pain score and two short quality of life questionnaires, one specific to varicose veins.Varicose veins are thought to trigger pain when they bulge outward and press on adjacent nerves, so symptoms include aching legs after standing for a long time, a feeling of heaviness or tiredness, burning sensations and throbbing.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a recommendation that doctors no longer prescribe the stockings on the NHS as a first-line treatment.
The standard practice of the Veins Unit is to advise patients to wear class two compression stockings for four weeks post-operatively.