Radiofrequency ablation is usually performed as an in-office and outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. The treatment concludes within an hour with no hospitalization or downtime, so you can resume your daily activities immediately.
How Does Radiofrequency Ablation Work?
Healthy veins consist of vein valves that act as one-way doors, facilitating one-way blood circulation towards the heart while resisting the force of gravity. Chronic venous insufficiency is a circulatory disorder wherein the vein valves malfunction, which causes blood to flow backward and accumulate in the leg veins. The continued accumulation of blood in leg veins leads to dilated blood vessels that bulge out of the skin’s surface, i.e., varicose veins.
Radiofrequency ablation involves using radiofrequency energy to collapse the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your varicose veins, thereby restoring effective blood circulation.
During the procedure, the vein doctor applies local anesthesia and makes a small incision on the skin’s surface. The incision is an entry point through which the vein doctor inserts a tube-like device called a catheter. The catheter is driven into the diseased vein under ultrasound guidance. Once lodged in place, the vein doctor surrounds the vein with an anesthetic fluid to protect the surrounding tissues. Finally, the catheter is activated to generate radiofrequency energy and collapse the diseased vein.
Radiofrequency ablation concludes within 30 to 60 minutes with no downtime. It has a 98% success rate, a negligible risk of complications, and it’s covered by most insurance providers.
What Happens After Radiofrequency Ablation?
However, before you leave, your vein doctor will discuss some post-treatment guidelines. You’ll have to wear an ACE bandage on the affected leg for up to 48 hours and compression stockings for a week after the procedure.
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However, when performed by inexperienced vein doctors, the treatment may cause side effects and complications.
Our vein clinics in California are led by Harvard-trained and board-certified vein doctors who specialize in minimally invasive vein treatments. They individually assess your condition, review your medical history, run diagnostic tests, and ensure you’re the ideal candidate for radiofrequency ablation.
Please schedule your initial consultation with our vein specialists in California. They’ll happily answer your questions and determine your candidacy for radiofrequency ablation.
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