Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Once a vein wall becomes diseased – stretched and enlarged – it can’t be repaired. The valves within the walls that control the flow of blood through the vein become collateral damage as their functionality breaks down as the wall becomes more and more stretched. The only alternative is to re-route blood flow through healthy veins by closing the diseased veins. Rerouting of the blood can be done painlessly and easily, using radiofrequency energy.
What are the Benefits of a Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure?
- Performed on an outpatient basis
- Less patient pain
- Less bruising
- Faster recovery period
To read study results on why treating vein disease with radiofrequency ablation is preferred over laser ablation, please click here.
There are many advantages to Radiofrequency Ablation to help patients with their symptoms and the unsightly, unhealthy varicose veins. Symptoms of venous reflux and varicose veins can be found under the “Symptoms” tab, which shows the many signs and symptoms that are often not associated with vein disease.
How is a Radiofrequency Ablation procedure performed?
After prepping the insertion area with local anesthetic (Monitored Anesthesia Care is offered to patients being treated at the surgery centers), a Hamilton Vein Center vein specialist uses image-guided ultrasound to position the Closure catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The vein is then numbed thoroughly before delivering radiofrequency (RF) energy through the catheter. The heat causes the vein walls to grow together and eventually become scar tissue, which will then be reabsorbed by the body.
Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is rerouted to other healthy veins. Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression is applied. Your vein specialist will encourage you to walk at frequent intervals immediately following your procedure. You may be instructed to refrain from prolonged standing and very strenuous activities for a short period of time.
What Can I Expect After a Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure?
The majority of patients experience relief from the achiness, heaviness, tiredness and pain associated with vein disease. The recovery period is minimal with most people resuming normal activities right away or within a day or two. There may be a miniscule scar left at the insertion point, but the overall effect — a life free of painful, irritating, embarrassing veins — is so great, you won’t mind at all!
Browse our varicose vein before and after gallery for further proof that Radiofrequency Ablation really does work! More than the photographs can illustrate, our patients report alleviation of their symptoms and improved quality of life. We love hearing our patients tell us about all the things they can do now that their veins have been treated!
How Much Does Radiofrequency Ablation Cost?
Prior to scheduling your consultation, you can contact your insurance company to see if any vein procedures are covered in your plan. Also, our dedicated insurance specialists can help you determine your insurance coverage and insurance “wait times”, as well as discuss all pricing and financing options.
Call today to schedule your consultation with the vein specialists at Hamilton Vein Center. We have multiple vein clinics across Texas.