returning to work after varicose vein surgery

Last reviewed 01/2018


Condition Recommended return to non-manual work Recommended return to manual work
Unilateral varicose veins - foam sclerotherapy 2-3 days (1) 5 days (1)
Unilateral varicose veins - open surgery 7-10 days (2) 2-3 weeks (2)
Bilateral varicose veins 7-14 days (2) 2-4 weeks (2)


  • the information applies to general fitness to work for people below 60 years of age without other significant disability. This information is only a guide to doctors, who will need to consider the individual clinical circumstances when advising patients


  • (accessed 3/9/2013)
  • Samuel AM, Wellwood JMcK. Fitness for work after surgery. In Palmer KT, Cox RAF and Brown I. (Eds) Fitness for Work 4th edn. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2007 pp 467-486.