Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a state-of-the-art treatment that uses heat to close and seal varicose veins. At Dallas Vein Institute in Dallas, Texas, Dev Batra, MD, uses endovenous radiofrequency ablation, when appropriate, to treat and eliminate varicose veins, restoring your vascular health and the appearance of your legs. Call Dallas Vein Institute or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your treatment options for varicose veins.
Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. The procedure uses radiofrequency energy to heat and cauterize damaged or weakened veins.
When your damaged vein is closed, your varicose veins fade away, and your blood is forced to move through healthier veins on its journey back to your heart and lungs.
Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is an outpatient procedure, and it takes 45-60 minutes. While Dallas Vein Institute can treat more than one vein during an appointment, if you need to have multiple veins on the same leg treated, you might need additional appointments.
Your provider begins by cleaning your leg and shaving the incision area, if necessary. They provide a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during the treatment. They make a small incision in your leg and use vascular ultrasound to guide a catheter to your varicose vein.
Next, they thread a radiofrequency fiber through the catheter into your varicose vein. When the fiber is in place, your provider turns on the radiofrequency energy and slowly moves the fiber through your vein.
As your provider moves the radiofrequency fiber through your vein, the heat closes and seals it. When your varicose vein is closed, your provider turns off the energy and removes the fiber and catheter.
If necessary, they close your incision with a stitch, but in many cases, they can simply bandage the incision site. Finally, they assist you in putting on a compression stocking, which helps your treated vein stay closed while also promoting healthy circulation.
After your endovenous radiofrequency ablation treatment, you need to wear compression stockings continuously for several weeks. You also need to walk around for 30-40 minutes every day, including the day of your treatment.
You might have some mild bruising or redness around your incision site or the treated vein. Any discoloration should go away within a couple of days. Your varicose vein will drain, shrink, and fade away over the next few weeks.
If you’re troubled by varicose veins and want to find out if endovenous radiofrequency ablation is right for you, call Dallas Vein Institute or make an appointment online today.