Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment for Varicose Veins: What to Expect

Those who have unsightly varicose veins and are looking for a safe and fast treatment, keep reading. Radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins is an amazing outpatient procedure you should know more about. Radiofrequency ablation treatment for varicose veins: what to expect.

Doctor administering radiofrequency ablation.

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

When valves in the legs become damaged, it affects blood flow, and blood collects in the veins. They can bulge, twist, and eventually show up under your skin causing discomfort, cramping, and swelling.

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. Using ultrasound visualization, radiofrequency heat is sent into your vein via a thin tube called a catheter. This heat closes off the blood flow in the problem varicose vein. The vein collapses, and the blood is redirected to healthier veins. Over time the body reabsorbs the destroyed vein.

Preparing for RFA

Inform Vein Center at Brinton Lake of any of the following: being pregnant or the possibility of being pregnant, if you are breastfeeding, if you are a smoker, are allergic to any medications, or consume alcohol on a regular basis.

In addition, discuss all your medications, both over-the-counter and prescriptions, plus all vitamins you normally take. Blood thinners like aspirin or ibuprofen can be a problem, so you will be directed to discontinue prior to the treatment.

Follow all directives before the day of treatment.

Day of RFA Outpatient Procedure

The entire process usually takes from 1 to 3 hours. Your leg is numbed and a tiny incision is made so Vein Center at Brinton Lake can insert the catheter into the vein to perform the procedure.

When the treatment is complete, the catheter is removed, pressure is applied to the insertion site to prevent any bleeding, and a compression stocking or bandage is placed on the leg.

Recovery From RFA

You will be going home after the procedure. It’s important to follow all directions.

They include: keeping your leg elevated, watching for signs of infection at the incision site, wearing the elastic stocking or bandage, walking a few times a day, and avoiding heavy exercise.

No lifting heavy objects or standing for long periods of time. No air travel or hot baths allowed until Vein Center at Brinton Lake approves.

Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation

There are multiple benefits of RFA vs other types of treatments.

They include the following:

  • Fast and safe—actual treatment lasts 35-40 minutes
  • Small one quarter inch incision for catheter
  • No need for general anesthesia
  • Little to no pain
  • Minimal bruising
  • Little downtime

Contact Vein Center at Brinton Lake at (610) 579-3516 if you have varicose veins and are considering a RFA treatment in Glen Mills, PA.