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Radiofrequency Ablation

What is RF Treatment?

Radiofrequency Ablation (RF) or Endovenous Thermal Ablation is a minimally invasive varicose vein treatment that uses electricity (radiofrequency) to heat and seal off targeted blood vessels. RF is used to treat large varicose veins and often replaces the need to surgically remove a vein. The success rate of radiofrequency ablation on varicose veins is 97%.

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woman in water

What is RF Treatment?

Radiofrequency Ablation (RF) or Endovenous Thermal Ablation is a minimally invasive varicose vein treatment that uses electricity (radiofrequency) to heat and seal off targeted blood vessels. RF is used to treat large varicose veins and often replaces the need to surgically remove a vein. The success rate of radiofrequency ablation on varicose veins is 97%.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate?

and works best on patients that exhibit reflux in the greater or lesser saphenous veins that run along the thigh or back of calf. The straighter the vein the better and this is the reason why neither ‘ropey’ large visible tortuous varicose veins nor superficial spider veins are treated by ablation.

What to Expect

During the in-office procedure, after numbing, a small catheter is inserted through a tiny incision in the affected vein. The heat produced by the electric current touching the vein wall destroys the vein. The treated vein becomes scar tissue and is absorbed by the body. After your vein ablation you can expect some slight bruising along the site of the procedure and some low level pain resolvable with over the counter pain medications. More extreme complications of radiofrequency ablations could be a blood clot or irritation of the nerves that run along the treated vein. The procedure only takes about 30-40 minutes and you will be required to wear compression stockings. In a couple of days you will be required to return to the office for an ultrasound that will confirm the vein is completely shut down and to check for any possibilities of blood clots. When the entire vein is ablated, blood flow is automatically rerouted through healthier veins restoring vital circulation, reducing swelling and pain, also encouraging the healing of any wounds.

Is RF Ablation Covered By Insurance?

Radiofrequency ablation is covered by most private insurers and Medicare when conservative therapy has failed and the provider submits proof of medical necessity. Preauthorization is typically necessary, but our office will pursue that prior to performing any procedure.

Relief from Painful, Unsightly Veins

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