What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment using thermal energy to treat varicose veins. During the procedure, a small catheter with a heating coil on the end is inserted into the affected vein, and radiofrequency energy is used to heat and close the vein. This causes the blood to reroute to healthier veins, which improves circulation and reduces the appearance of varicose veins.

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Optimal Vein Health

Vein conditions cause a range of physical discomforts and can potentially lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Varicose veins, spider veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), venous insufficiency, and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) can cause pain, swelling, skin changes, and reduced quality of life. In some cases, they can lead to the formation of blood clots, which can be life-threatening if they travel to the lungs or other parts of the body. Vein conditions can also impact a person's self-esteem and confidence, as they may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their legs or other affected areas. Seeking medical treatment can prevent complications and improve your quality of life by restoring your veins to optimal health.

Radiofrequency Ablation: What to Expect

In preparation for RFA, your physician may ask you to stop taking certain medications or supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding. On the day of the procedure, you should wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes.

During your radiofrequency ablation treatment, a local anesthetic will numb the area where the catheter will be inserted. Through a small incision in your skin, the catheter will be inserted into the affected vein.

The radiofrequency generator will deliver energy to the vein, causing it to close and seal shut. The procedure can usually be completed in under 60 minutes, depending on the size and number of veins being treated.

After Your Treatment

After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the treated area. You will be given compression stockings to wear for two weeks to help reduce swelling and promote healing. You should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for at least two weeks. Most patients are able to return to most of their normal activities within a few days of the procedure. However, following your doctor's instructions for aftercare is important to ensure a successful recovery.

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Why Choose Spartz Vein by Skin Care Doctors?

Spartz Vein Clinic specializes in diagnosing and treating venous diseases, including spider veins, varicose veins, and other related conditions. The clinic is known for its state-of-the-art technology and minimally invasive treatments, including endovenous radiofrequency ablation and cyanoacrylate closure, offering patients a safe and effective alternative to traditional surgery. Dr. Spartz is a board-certified expert in vein health. Our experienced and compassionate medical providers are dedicated to providing personalized care and treatment plans tailored to your individual needs. Contact our office today if you need support with a vein condition.

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