Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation uses a thin, flexible tube called a catheter inserted into a varicose vein under ultrasound guidance. The thin catheter delivers heat to the vein wall, causing the vein wall to shrink and seal closed as the catheter is withdrawn. Once the diseased vein is closed the blood will flow through other healthy veins.

Radiofrequency Ablation with Stab Phlebectomy is a procedure completed as above and in addition removing varicose veins on the surface of the legs. This procedure involves making tiny punctures or incisions through which the varicose veins are removed.

The incisions are so small no stitches are required. Veins are very collapsible such that even large veins may be removed through the tiny incisions used in this technique. The patient is able to walk following the procedure.

After treatment, a compression bandage and/or compression stocking are worn. Your physician will advise you how long to wear any bandages or compression hose. Many physicians recommend that you walk or resume your normal daily activity within twenty four hours. This reduces pressure in the veins, and increases the flow in the veins and reduces the risk of forming a blood clot.