Radiofrequency Ablation – RFA
Radiofrequency Ablation is a minimally-invasive treatment for varicose veins. This treatment is extremely effective because it treats the underlying cause of varicose veins — venous insufficiency — and not just the affected veins. As such, it can eliminate the root cause of varicose veins and prevent them from ever returning.
Radiofrequency Ablation should be performed by a licensed physician. It’s usually done in at least two appointments, with the first appointment determining the type of treatment needed, and the second and subsequent appointments for treatment.
RF Ablation can be used on large veins in the leg and is performed in an office setting using local anesthesia or a mild sedative. Most patients do not find it to be exceedingly uncomfortable.
What is RF Ablation and How Does it Work?
RF Ablation uses radiofrequency energy (rather than laser energy) to heat up and shrink the collagen within the vein wall, causing the vein to collapse. It usually closes off the varicose vein in the leg.
Radiofrequency energy is directed through a thin tube, also known as a catheter, which is inserted through a small incision in the vein. During treatment, the physician uses ultrasound to locate the vein to be treated. This process is painless.
The physician will then use a local anesthetic to numb the area where the catheter will be inserted into the vein. As the physician inserts the catheter, it can be seen on the ultrasound. This ensures better accuracy and safety.
The physician will also inject tumescence — fluid with pain medication — around the veins to collapse the vein onto the catheter.
The local anesthetic solution has three purposes: collapse the vein, numb the tissue, and provide insulation for the heat generated inside the vein.
Following radiofrequency ablation, once the affected vein has been closed, the accumulated blood is naturally redirected to healthy veins. The treated vein is gradually absorbed into the surrounding tissues.
The treatment has a 98% success rate and there is no downtime. Another great aspect: if you are experiencing symptoms of venous insufficiency, this treatment might be covered by your insurance.
The ablation procedure is very short, lasting only about 15 to 30 minutes.
What to expect after Radio Frequency Ablation?
You will be able to walk after the RF ablation treatment and recovery occurs just hours after the procedure. The physician will wrap your treated leg in an ACE bandage, and you should keep the bandage on for 24 hours.
Your physician will ask you to wear compression stockings for about a week after your procedure.
There is no downtime with RF ablation. Most patients can have the procedure done on their lunch break and return to work the same day.
What are the Side Effects of Sclerotherapy?
The side effects of sclerotherapy are minimal, with the most common side effects of sclerotherapy being itching and bruising around the treated veins. In some instances, the vein may feel bumpy and hard.
These symptoms usually subside over several weeks and disappear toward the end of the recovery period.
People with a history of allergies may experience itching, redness, and swelling of the vein. If you have allergies, be sure to let your doctor know so that he or she can test for them prior to treatment and you can avoid these typical allergic reactions.
More severe side effects are extremely rare and include sudden leg swelling or sores around the injection area of the vein. If you experience these symptoms, please call your doctor right away.
One of the Best Clinic for Radiofrequency Ablation
As we have mentioned earlier, venous insufficiency can be extremely dangerous (and potentially fatal) if left untreated.
While Radiofrequency Ablation is a minimally-invasive and safe treatment, it can still have some terrible side-effects if you go to an inexperienced clinic.
At Vein Treatment Clinic, we treat each patient individually. We study your particular medical history and condition to determine a course of action that’s meant just for you. That’s why we have such a spotless track record!
So go ahead and call our office to schedule your initial consultation. Our physicians are happy to answer your questions and determine if you would be a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation for leg veins.
Did you know most treatments in our Houston Vein Clinic are covered by most major medical insurances? Call us now to verify your insurance coverage (281) 823-8248
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