How Does Radiofrequency Ablation Work?

Radio Frequency TreatmentAfter the ultrasonic guided administration of local anesthesia, a catheter is inserted into the vein through a small needle puncture, again utilizing ultrasonic guidance. The catheter delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the vein wall. The energy breaks down the collagen in the vein wall causing the vein to collapse. The goal is not to burn the vein as with a LASER.

Because incompetent valves can’t be repaired, the treated vein is collapsed. Blood flow is redirected to the healthy deep veins allowing blood to return from your legs.


How Soon After Treatment Can I Return To My Normal Activities?

Frequently our patients can return to work and normal activities immediately. After the procedure, walking is encouraged. We suggest you avoid intense leg exercise and weightlifting for five days after your procedure. You will wear a medical grade compression stocking for three days after your procedure.

If you would like more information about Radiofrequency Ablation along with any other form of treatment available, contact The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy at 267-728-7440 and schedule a consultation. 

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