Vein Recovery. After saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation, the recovery is minimal. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. Most patients go back to work immediately with no restriction. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 wks.
Not too difficult. After endovenous ablation (either laser or rf) patients are usually asked to avoid strenuous activities and to wear compression hose for several days. There may be some bruising or discomfort along the treated vein, but it usually responds to medications like Ibuprofen and rarely is enough to interfere with regular activity.