Radiofrequency ablation has truly revolutionized how varicose veins are treated and is one of the new standards for treating venous insufficiency and varicose veins.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment to treat varicose veins. The Physician positions a thin tube(catheter) into the vein through a small incision in the skin. The small catheter delivers heat to the vein wall causing it to shrink and the vein to seal closed. Once the vein is closed, blood will reroute itself to the healthy veins. Because this is a minimally invasive procedure, there is little to no preparation. General anesthesia is not necessary although patients may choose to take something to relax.
Most patients find that the procedure is nearly painless, and most patients are back to their routine by the next day.
Radiofrequency is a low-risk procedure. Some bruising, swelling, and discomfort are common, wearing compression stockings will help ease these symptoms.
The closure success rate for RFA is 99%. Over time, a successfully closed vein can sometimes open back up -rate ranges from 5% to 10%-. Patients who experience recurrence can decide whether to select this procedure again or not.
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