Radiofrequency Ablation

The Radiofrequency Ablation or RFA procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to effectively treat patients with varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency. A catheter is inserted into the diseased vein through a tiny incision below the knee guided by ultrasound imaging. The catheter delivers consistent and uniform heat to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and close. After the vein is sealed shut, blood is then naturally redirected to healthy veins. The treated vein will gradually be absorbed into surrounding tissue. The procedure is done in our office and takes approximately 45-60 minutes. This is covered by most insurances. 

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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive vein treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to effectively treat patients with varicose veins. This procedure uses heat generated from radiofrequency to collapse and seal the veins.

During the RFA treatment, we numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic (lidocaine) before creating a micro-incision in the skin. A catheter (a thin, flexible tube) is then inserted into the varicose vein. We use ultrasound imaging to guide the catheter into place. The small catheter delivers radiofrequency heat to the vein wall causing it to shrink. The radiofrequency damages the problem vein collapsing it and closing it off. Once the vein is closed, blood will reroute itself to the healthy veins.

Radiofrequency is a low-risk procedure. This method is highly effective and provides a lasting solution for those with varicose vein disease. Some bruising, swelling and discomfort are common. We encourage walking to help with blood flow. We advise avoiding strenuous exercise. You will be required to wear a compression stocking for 1 week following your procedure. This will help to ease your symptoms. There is no downtime. Radiofrequency ablation treatment provides immediate relief, minimal discomfort, and no scarring.