Radiofrequency ablation is a newer technology that is used for treating varicose veins. The radiofrequency energy permanently seals the damaged veins that cause your varicose veins. After the veins are sealed, your body naturally re-routes the blood flow through healthy veins, and the sealed vein is absorbed by your body.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION PROCEDURE?
Your cardiologist may administer a local anesthesia to help you remain comfortable during the radiofrequency ablation procedure. If you feel anxious or need additional pain management, you may request a mild sedative. A small incision is made in the treatment area. A thin tube, or catheter, is inserted through the incision. Radiofrequency energy is applied to the damaged vein, causing the vein to seal closed.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION PROCEDURE?
You may experience mild bruising, swelling, and numbness after your radiofrequency ablation procedure. These symptoms should resolve as you heal. Radiofrequency ablation has been proven to work in the majority of patients. Some patients, however, may need a second treatment to eliminate their varicose veins.