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Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment

There is no vein AVLC can't treat.

98% of patients who have undergone Radiofrequency Ablation Treatments are willing to recommend it to a friend or family member with similar leg vein problems.

Radiofrequency Ablation, also known as Endovenous RadioFrequency Ablation or VNUS Closure, is a minimally invasive varicose vein treatment procedure that uses radiofrequency energy (electricity) to heat, collapse and seal off the targeted blood vessels. Radiofrequency vein treatments are an alternative to more invasive leg stripping surgery, with less pain and bruising that stripping treatments often cause. It is used primarily to treat the great saphenous veins (GSV), small saphenous vein (SSV), and other superficial veins in the legs. Varicose veins that branch off from these blood vessels are treated with sclerotherapy or phlebectomy.

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How does Radiofrequency Ablation work?

During the Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure

This treatment is performed in our office under local anesthesia. After an ultrasound is performed to map the course of the vein to be treated, the physician closes the diseased vein by guiding a catheter through a small incision into the vein, threading it through the blood vessel into the groin area. Electricity is delivered to a heating element in 20-second pulses, heating and contracting the collagen within the walls of the vein until they shrink and shut down. This process is called ablation. The vein is treated in segments as the catheter is gradually inched back down towards the incision. When the entire vein has been ablated, the blood flow is automatically rerouted through healthier adjacent veins, restoring healthy circulation and reducing swelling. The ablated vein becomes scar tissue and is absorbed by the body.

After the Procedure

Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure, and are usually able to resume their normal activities within a day. The use of compression stockings is generally prescribed for 1-2 weeks.

What are the possible side effects from Radiofrequency Ablation?

Some potential side effects of Radiofrequency Ablation treatment include temporary bruising, swelling and numbness of the treated area, thermal skin burns, numbness that comes and goes, and an allergic reaction to anesthesia.


Suffering from varicose veins? Request your consultation to see if Radiofrequency Ablation is the right treatment for you.

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