Vascular surgery

Surgical Procedure Recommended return to non-manual employment Recommended return to manual employment Other Advice

Unilateral varicose veins

Foam sclerotherapy

Open surgery


2-3 days

7-10 days


5 days

2-3 weeks

Early activity encouraged, so prolonged absence can be harmful

Bilateral varicose veins

7-14 days

2-4 weeks


Aortic aneurysm grafting open

2-6 months


Multiple morbidities likely to prolong recovery

Aortic aneurysm endovascular graft

5-14 days

2-4 weeks

US/CT scan annually. Multiple morbidities likely to prolong recovery

Aorto-iliac and bifemoral grafting

2-3 months

Longer, unlikely

Most patients having vascular reconstruction as a last resort, are near or post-retirement age and have multiple morbidities such as diabetes which prolong recovery times substantially

Femoro-popliteal bypass

4 weeks

12 weeks


Peripheral angioplasty with or without stenting

1-2 weeks

2-3 weeks


Carotid endarterectomy

2-5 weeks

4-8 weeks


  For further reading in this area please visit this link.



Your privacy

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience, please accept these so we can deliver a more reliable service.

To find out more, read our privacy policy and cookie policy.

Manage preferences