What is the recovery Like After RFA Treatment?
For faster recovery after endovenous radiofrequency ablation, follow your doctor’s instructions. These general guidelines will let you know what to expect:
- You will be able to return to your normal job activities within three to four days. However, if your job involves standing or heavy lifting, you may need more time off.
- You will be able to resume many of your normal activities on the same day of the procedure.
- On the day of the procedure, walk every hour until bedtime. After that, walk daily for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Avoid sitting or standing for a long time, and elevate your legs while sitting.
- Avoid exercise and heavy lifting for two weeks.
- Keep the dressing and elastic bandages or stockings on for two to three days, until you have a follow-up visit with your doctor.
- Wear compression stockings or bandages all the time for the first 48 hours, and then during the day for the next two weeks.
What are possible complications of endovenous radiofrequency ablation?
Possible complications or side effects of this procedure are rare, but include:
- Blood clots in the superficial or deep veins
- Darkening of the skin
- Numbness due to an injured nerve
- Skin burns
- Skin infection
Contact your doctor if you notice tingling, numbness, discoloration or coolness of the toes. This may mean that the compression bandages or stockings are too tight.
You should also contact your doctor immediately if you have swelling or excessive pain that isn’t helped by the pain medications prescribed by your doctor. This could be a sign of a deep vein thrombosis, which is a potentially dangerous blood clot.