Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for Problem Veins
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive vein treatment for varicose veins. This procedure uses heat generated from radiofrequency to collapse and seal the veins. RFA is quite similar to EVLT in concept, although they use different mediums to accomplish the same goal.
What to Expect During Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment
During RFA treatment, we numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic before creating micro-incisions in the skin.
Then, we insert a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) into the varicose vein. We use ultrasound imaging to guide the catheter into place, then use a medical device to send radiofrequency heat into your vein.
The radiofrequency heat damages the problem vein, collapsing it and closing it off, which forces your body to reroute blood circulation to other healthy veins.
RFA treatment usually takes between 45 to 60 minutes. The entire procedure, including prep and recovery, can take from one to three hours. This is an outpatient procedure, so you can expect to go home the same day.
After Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
While recovering from RFA treatment, you will need to wear your compression garments as directed. We may advise you to keep your legs elevated, and will guide you on how to monitor the treatment site for any signs of infection.
Like other vein treatments, we encourage walking to help with blood flow. We advise avoiding strenuous exercise or activities like resistance training and standing for long periods of time.
You will also need to avoid hot baths and saunas while recovering from RFA treatment.
We will schedule you for a follow-up appointment shortly after your initial treatment. During your follow-up, we’ll use an ultrasound to monitor any potential issues such as blood clots. We will also evaluate when you need additional treatments to achieve your treatment goals.
Benefits of RFA
RFA vein treatment is minimally invasive, safe, and effective. In some cases, when combined with needed improvements to your overall lifestyle, it offers permanent results.
You should expect little downtime and minimal discomfort after RFA treatment for varicose veins.
To learn more about RFA vein treatment in Los Angeles, give us a call.