RadioFrequency Ablation (RFA): How it works

RadioFrequency Ablation is a fast, minimally invasive and minimally painful way to treat Varicose Veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Here's how it works.

Perhaps the most important thing to know about Radiofrequency Vein Ablation, is that it has a high success rate in treatment of varicose veins. Additionally, it is minimally invasive, minimally painful, has low rates of complication, can be performed in-office, and has a very rapid recovery time, usually about a day.

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The Venous Ablation Process

Introduced in 1999, radiofrequency vein ablation has helped to further revolutionize the management of superficial venous reflux disease, or Chronic Venous Insufficiency, and varicose veins. Using ultrasound to guide them, a vein specialists charged catheter delivers 350-500KHz of radio energy along the path of damaged veins. The affected veins close and are resorbed by the body, and blood flow is rerouted through healthy veins. Prior to operating the RF device, the adjacent tissues are surrounded by a tumescent solution, protecting the area and preventing the patient from feeling discomfort from the heat energy.

The procedure is very effective in the treatment of large vein varicosities including; the great saphenous vein, small saphenous vein, and perforator veins which link the superficial venous system to the deeper veins.

When performed by an experienced, qualified vein specialist, success rates for radiofrequency ablation exceed 97%.