About Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure for spider veins, varicose veins, and chronic venous insufficiency. This procedure is primarily used to treat chronic venous insufficiency, the circulatory disorder responsible for most vein problems, including spider veins and varicose veins.

How does Radiofrequency Ablation Work?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure wherein radiofrequency energy is used to heat up and collapse the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your vein problems. The thermal energy collapses the diseased vein, thereby closing off the unwanted varicose veins. The accumulated blood automatically reroutes into healthier leg veins, thereby restoring optimal blood circulation to your heart.

During the procedure, our vein doctors in NY deliver local anesthesia to make a small incision on your skin’s surface. A hollow needle called a catheter is inserted through the incision and into the diseased saphenous vein under ultrasound guidance. Once the catheter is inside the diseased vein, your vein doctor delivers tumescent anesthesia to ensure comfort. Finally, the catheter is activated to produce radiofrequency waves and destroy the diseased vein. The accumulated blood naturally reroutes into healthier leg veins and the diseased vein is eventually reabsorbed by the body.

Radiofrequency ablation is one of the most effective vein treatments with a success rate exceeding 98%. The procedure usually concludes within 30 minutes, and it’s almost always covered by medical insurance.

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Does Radiofrequency Ablation hurt?

Radiofrequency ablation should only be performed by highly-skilled, board-certified, and fellowship-trained vein doctors at a reliable vein center in New York. The procedure is usually performed on large varicose veins in the leg under local anesthesia and sedation. You might feel a gentle pressure on your legs, but you don’t have to worry about pain or discomfort.

Most radiofrequency ablation treatments are performed in two appointments. During the first appointment, our vein doctors examine your leg veins, diagnose the root cause of your vein problems, and curate the appropriate treatment plan. During the second appointment, our vein doctors perform radiofrequency ablation to treat chronic venous insufficiency.

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What Happens After Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive and outpatient procedure. After the treatment, you can resume your daily activities immediately; there’s no downtime or harsh side effects. Our vein doctors will wrap your legs in ACE bandages and you’ll have to wear compression stockings for a few days, but that shouldn’t keep you from working.

In fact, most of our patients schedule the treatment during their lunch break and resume work immediately after. As such, radiofrequency ablation doesn’t interfere with your daily activities.

Chronic venous insufficiency is an extremely dangerous and potentially fatal medical condition. As such, you must seek vein treatment from a reliable vein center in New York the moment you identify the first signs and symptoms of vein disease. Radiofrequency ablation is an extremely safe and effective treatment, but it can still lead to potential complications and side effects in the hands of an inexperienced vein doctor.

The vein doctors at our spider vein and varicose vein centers in New York treat all patients individually. We carefully examine your leg veins, review your medical history, and discuss your goals to curate the ideal minimally invasive vein treatment plan. Our sophisticated and considered approach to vein treatment ensures optimal results, as evidenced by our perfect track record.

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