Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, the root cause of spider veins, varicose veins, and most other vein problems. RFA is one of the most effective vein treatments because it addresses the root cause of vein conditions rather than just the symptoms, thus ensuring safe and long-lasting results with a negligible risk of recurrence.

How Does RFA Work?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that involves using thermal energy rather than laser energy to collapse the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your vein problems. It’s a safe, in-office procedure that concludes within 15 to 30 minutes and involves no downtime. RF ablation has a 98% success rate, and it addresses the root cause of vein problems, thus minimizing the risk of vein disease recurrence. Most insurance plans cover this treatment because it’s considered medically necessary.

During radiofrequency ablation, the vein doctor administers local anesthesia to numb the skin’s surface and makes a small incision on the skin’s surface. The vein doctor inserts a specialized catheter into the diseased vein via the incision under ultrasound guidance. Once the catheter is lodged inside the diseased vein, the physician delivers tumescent anesthesia, which is a special fluid with pain medication. The anesthetic solution numbs the surrounding tissues to ensure comfort and provides insulation for the heat generated within the vein.

After delivering tumescent anesthesia, the vein doctor activates the catheter to generate radiofrequency waves that convert into thermal energy and destroy the diseased vein. The accumulated blood reroutes into healthier leg veins, and the diseased vein eventually gets absorbed by the body. This procedure causes minimal post-treatment side effects and discomfort.

What to Expect After RFA?

After radiofrequency ablation, the vein doctor will wrap your legs in ACE bandages, and you’ll be asked to wear compression stockings for a few days. The compression stockings apply pressure on your leg veins to prevent blood from accumulating in your legs. You can resume your daily activities immediately after the treatment (no downtime), but you should avoid strenuous workouts and swimming for a few days. You should also walk frequently for the first few days after the treatment.

Chronic venous insufficiency is an extremely under-diagnosed and dangerous medical condition that can have serious long-term consequences. If you notice the signs and symptoms of vein disease, such as spider veins, varicose veins, leg heaviness, restless leg syndrome, and frequent leg cramps, please contact a reliable vein clinic in Maryland.

At Maryland Vein Clinic, we curate personalized vein treatment plans for all patients. Our vein doctors examine your leg veins, discuss your symptoms, and curate personalized treatment plans that may involve radiofrequency ablation or other similarly effective procedures. Our comprehensive and personalized approach to vein care helps you maintain a perfect track record.

Discover comprehensive and minimally invasive solutions at Maryland Vein Clinic, the leading vein treatment clinic in the region, led by board-certified vein doctors for optimal vascular health.

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