Radiofrequency Ablation (ClosureFast Radiofrequency Procedure)
Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) revolutionized the management of superficial venous reflux disease and varicose veins more than fifteen years ago. Over the past several years a similar minimally invasive treatment was introduced which relies on radio frequency energy (electricity) to collapse the vein instead of using laser heat. Other than that, the two procedures are close to identical. The updated procedure is called Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and based on our experience, numerous clinical research findings and feedback from our patients, we will usually recommend radio frequency ablation over laser vein treatment for higher success rates and even less pain.
The RF Ablation procedure is usually an in office procedure or may be performed at an ambulatory surgery center, Doctors’ Outpatient Surgical Center (DOSC). Of course, the more experience your vein specialist has had with the radio frequency procedure, the less risk you are likely to have in terms of success rates and minimal pain. When done by a certified vein specialist with plenty of radiofrequency experience, chances of treatment success are extremely high.