Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a minimally invasive form of treatment for varicose veins that uses high-energy radiofrequency waves to heat the inner walls of the damaged vein. It treats varicose veins by causing the vein to develop scar tissue and close, thus reducing or eliminating the appearance of the varicose vein on the skin’s surface. Dr. Schoenhaus offers treatment in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach.
Varicose veins are swollen and twisted veins that most commonly develop in the legs, though they can emerge in any extremity. These damaged veins inhibit proper blood flow and create embarrassing lines and bulges on the skin’s surface. If left untreated varicose veins can increase your risk of developing blood clots and other vascular diseases.
Radiofrequency ablation treats varicose veins with a similar technique to laser vein removal, but uses high-heat energy instead of lasers to break down the damaged vein.
Benefits of radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins include:
The radiofrequency energy is delivered to the vein through a thin tube or catheter that is inserted through a small incision in the damaged vein. This form of varicose vein treatment is most commonly used to treat damage in the large veins in the legs. Radiofrequency ablation is generally completed as an outpatient procedure.
For enhanced comfort during the procedure Dr. Schoenhaus will administer a mild sedative, so patients receiving treatment should have someone to drive them home following the procedure.
Dr. Schoenhaus will discuss all risks and potential side effects associated with radiofrequency ablation prior to your treatment session. While side effects are rare, they may include mild burning or blood clotting. Risk of post-treatment complication is reduced by wearing compression stockings and following other instructions provided by Dr. Schoenhaus.
Radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins is considered highly successful, with an estimated 90 percent of patients experiencing full relief from their varicose veins after one treatment session.