What is Radiofrequency Ablation?

What is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a powerful venous insufficiency treatment for those suffering from venous disease. It safely and effectively targets a problem vein using heat energy.

RFA Is A Convenient, Effective Solution To Problem Veins

Many people suffering from varicose veins have reservations about traditional treatments, which often require an injection directly into the vein. RFA addresses these concerns with a fresh approach, creating targeted heat within the incompetent vein.

Using a catheter, heat is directed to close up the problem vessel. This closes off the veins. That means there’s minimal discomfort and bruising. Recovery is faster than conventional treatments and cosmetic results are similar.

Because of its convenience, RFA is quickly superseding old-fashioned “vein stripping.”

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Are You A Candidate For RFA?

Anyone suffering from varicose veins or related vein issues may be a candidate for RFA.

However, most-likely patients are those who suffer from severe, uncomfortable varicose veins. They have been diagnosed by a physician as having a greater-than-usual likelihood of complications from the condition, including swelling, pain and blood clots.

To be effective, the treatment must be individualized to the patient’s specific needs.


How Does The Procedure Work?

RFA is performed by a highly trained medical expert. Before the procedure begins, the skin and the surrounding tissues are numbed to reduce discomfort. Once anesthesia has taken effect, a small incision is made so a catheter (a thin tube) can be inserted.

Radiofrequency is focused on the tip of the catheter. As the catheter is slowly withdrawn, it easily and safely closes the vein. The vein will collapse and heal shut. During this time, blood flow is not disrupted. Tthe body easily reroutes it to other veins.


What About Preparation And Recovery?

Due to the use of a numbing agent, discomfort is minimal during the procedure. You may need to temporarily abstain from certain medications or make diet changes in the week before. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to ensure the best possible outcome.

The entire procedure is very quick: It typically takes an hour. Discomfort is minimal, and you can usually return to regular activities within 48 hours. Your doctor will inform you about any special precautions.

Are you ready to treat your problem veins and their uncomfortable symptoms? Please contact San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center today to learn more.

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