What are possible post-procedure symptoms following my vein ablation?
You may experience some of the following symptoms after EVLT or Radiofrequency Ablation.
Pain: Your leg may be tender to the touch after treatment and it’s normal to experience a little tenderness or bruising in the areas where local anesthesia was used. Some patients may experience mild to moderate pain but this is usually well controlled with Ibuprofen (Advil) or Tylenol.
Short-term bruising: Following your procedure, you will probably notice some slight bruising or discoloration after treatment. This discoloration is almost always temporary and will resolve in about three months. In rare situations, darkening of the skin may persist up to a year.
Leg and/or Ankle Swelling: You may encounter this after any vein ablation treatment. It usually resolves a few days after your procedure but may last a few weeks, especially when large varicose veins have been treated. Wearing your prescription compression hose and elevating your legs will help lessen the swelling. Lying down is better than sitting when possible and you should be up walking hourly. The more active you are, the quicker the swelling will resolve.
You may notice a “pulling” or “tight” sensation for up to a week after the procedure. This is the effect of the treated area healing.
Discoloration of the skin along the treated veins may occur. This may last several months.
Superficial thrombophlebitis: This is an inflammatory condition of the veins due to a blood clot just below the surface of your skin. You may feel a small lump under the skin that can be painful and anyone can develop this but often females are affected more than males. This is generally a short-term issue without complications and you can treat it at home in most cases. We recommend applying a warm compress to the area and elevating your leg to relieve swelling. Wearing your prescribed compression stockings may also help reduce swelling. Again, over-the-counter Ibuprofen or Tylenol can help reduce any redness and irritation caused by inflammation. You will notice the inflammation usually goes away within two weeks.