What You Need to Know about Radiofrequency Ablation

April 23, 2018 • • Vein Disease

If you have varicose veins, you will have several treatment options available, including sclerotherapy, laser therapy, compression therapy and more. However, one of the most effective treatments for patients with varicose veins is radiofrequency ablation. Below is some information about this minimally-invasive procedure so you can understand how it works and when it is appropriate. 

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a common procedure used to treat varicose veins in the legs. During the procedure, the vein surgeon places a catheter inside the affected vein under ultrasound guidance. This catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the interior of the vein. The heat causes the vein to collapse, and the catheter is removed. 

Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation offers several notable benefits for patients. This procedure is minimally-invasive and performed on an outpatient basis, which means you won’t need to be under general anesthesia or stay in the hospital. Following the procedure, you will simply have a bandage over the insertion site. In general, you can expect to see results within 1-2 weeks. 

Patients are released home shortly after the procedure, and you will be able to return to your normal activities quickly. Most patients are able to resume their normal habits after 2-3 days have passed. Most patients experience little to no pain, bruising or other side effects after the procedure. In addition, this procedure produces positive results in most cases. Furthermore, radiofrequency ablation is often covered by insurance policies, which means that it won’t cost you as much out of pocket. 

How to Learn More

If you have varicose veins in your legs and you think you may benefit from radiofrequency ablation, you can learn more by making an appointment with a vein specialist. A vein specialist will be able to evaluate your condition and tell you whether this procedure is the best option for you. Please contact Tri-City Vein Center today to get started. 


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