Treating Veins With Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), also known as VNUS or ClosureFAST, is a Medicare-approved, minimally invasive technique for eliminating unhealthy veins. RFA uses thermal (heat based) energy to damage the vein, causing it to seal closed. RFA is used to treat major varicose veins and is a safer and more effective alternative to surgery.
RFA is convenient with minimal side effects. An area on the inside of the knee is injected with a local anesthetic (numbing medicine). Using an ultrasound, your vein doctor enters the unhealthy vein with a needle and inserts a thin device called a catheter. After a numbing solution is delivered along the length of the vein, the catheter is activated and thermal energy is delivered to the walls of the vein. The entire procedure takes between 15-45 minutes and can be performed on an outpatient basis. Many patients return to work the same day.
Radiofrequency Ablation should always be performed by a Certified physician to ensure best results.
Over 95% Success Rate
The published success of RFA treatment is between 95 to 98 percent, with very few complications recorded. Traditional surgery has a much lower success rate of approximately 85%, with significantly more side effects. RFA causes less post-procedural discomfort than other endovenous methods including Endovenous Lаѕеr Ablаtіоn. Due to this combination of efficacy, convenience and minimal discomfort, we consider RFA to be the very best option for most cases of venous insufficiency.
How does Radiofrequency Ablation work?
The RFA device heats the vein wall, sealing the damaged vein permanently. Once the vein is closed, blood flow is re-routed to healthier veins and the body reabsorbs this unhealthy vein over time.
Most people with vein disease are eligible for RFA. Exceptions include patients with active bleeding disorders or infections. Discuss your medical history with your vein doctor. A spider and varicose vein treatment specialist will consider your personal health history before recommending RFA.
Most of these side effects can be avoided completely if RFA is performed by an experienced vein treatment specialist
The side effects of RFA treatment can include:
- Common: Bruising or minor stiffness
- Common: Temporary soreness
- Rare: Allergic reactions
- Rare: Nerve damage
- Common: Hyperpigmentation
- Rare: Skin burn
- Rare: Deep vein thrombosis
What are the Pros & Cons of Radiofrequency Alblation?
- Minimal pain and discomfort.
- Excellent Alternative to Saphenous Vein Stripping (surgery).
- Performed under local anesthesia.
- No admission to hospital or general anesthesia.
- Minimal interference with normal daily activities.
- Significant improvement in the way your legs look and feel.
Alternatives to Radiofrequency for Spider and Varicose Vein
- Venaseal (vein glue)
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (not recommended)
- Vein Stripping (not recommended)
Before and After Radiofrequency Ablation
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Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment FAQ
Am I a candidate for RFA treatment?
Most people with vein disease are eligible for RFA. Exceptions include patients wіth асtіvе bleeding disorders оr іnfесtіоnѕ. Dіѕсuѕѕ уоur medical history with your vein doctor. He or she will соnѕіdеr уоur personal hеаlth hіѕtоrу bеfоrе recommending RFA.
How does RFA work?
Thе RFA device heats thе vein wаll, sealing thе dаmаgеd vеіn permanently. Onсе the vein is сlоѕеd, blood flow is re-routed to healthier veins and the body reаbѕоrbs this unhealthy vein over time.
Is RFA treatment painful?
RFA is mildly uncomfortable but few people describe it as painful. Vein doctors use local anesthetic to numb the area.
What is the difference between RFA and EVLA treatment?
RFA utіlіzеѕ Rаdіоfrеquеnсу Waves rather than Laser Lіght to hеаt аnd seal thе vеіn.
Thе maximum tеmреrаturе rеасhеd wіthіn thе vеіn wіth RFA treatment is 120 dеgrее сеntіgrаdе аѕ орроѕеd tо оvеr 1200 degree сеntіgrаdе wіth EVLA. RFA causes lеѕѕ bruising and is generally more соmfоrtаblе.
Dr. Michael Nguyen
VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center.
As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.