Risk of Vein Procedures
Full, complete recovery can be expected after sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the catheter ablation techniques. There are rarely complications, and if any do occur they tend to be extremely minor and resolve quickly. Sclerotherapy, for instance, is only marginally more dangerous than any other hypodermic injection. There is a vanishingly small risk of infection, and the irritant medication may cause mild bruising. This resolves as would any other bruise.
In the case of phlebectomy full recovery takes about 4 weeks. The patient is fully mobile after the procedure and may return to an office-type job immediately. In the 2 weeks following the procedure the patient shouldn’t lift heavy weights or engage in other strenuous activity. The patient must wear compression stockings during this period. The procedure is so minimally invasive that many patients regard this as the worst part of the surprisingly gentle process.
The aftercare for radiofrequency and laser ablation are identical to that described above. Over the following weeks the treated (ablated) vein will be broken down by the immune system and reabsorbed completely. Physical symptoms abate immediately, and in a matter of weeks the vein is gone entirely.
As with sclerotherapy, complications resulting from phlebectomy and the catheter ablation techniques are usually quite minor. There’s a risk of blood clot formation, but this is rare in the extreme and seldom poses a threat if promptly treated. It should be noted that these clots can break away from the vein wall and become lodged elsewhere. Should a mobile blood clot reach the lungs it can be life threatening yet the overall risk is negligible.