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Radiofrequency Ablation-Treatment for Varicose Veins

How does RFA work?

RFA is the preferred treatment for varicose veins. It’s a minimally invasive thermal treatment that utilizes radio frequency to heat up and damage the wall inside a vein. This forms scar tissue which closes the vein. To direct radiofrequency, We uses a thin tube (catheter) that is inserted through a small incision in the vein. You will be able to walk following the treatment and recovery time is typically short.

What to expect during RFA?

During the procedure a thin tube (catheter) is inserted into the vein through a small incision. One session usually lasts for 45-60 minutes. The whole treatment including time to prepare and recover takes about 1 to 3 hours. You might feel a mild discomfort that can be relieved by wearing compression stocking after the procedure.

What is the downtime?

There is a little to no downtime with RFA. You can return to regular activity the same day. We recommend to avoid strenuous activity for a week.

What are the risks of RFA?
  • Hyperesthesia—an excessive, abnormal sensitivity over the skin of the injection site.
  • Allergic reaction to the anesthetic used to numb the skin.
When can I expect to see the results?

You will start to feel better in about 7 to 10 days after the procedure. It can take up to 2-3 weeks to see complete results.

How many sessions will I need?

This usually depends on the extent of the disease.  Typically, We recommends several treatment sessions. Most patients feel relief after 1-3 sessions.

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