Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation
Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive alternative to vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins and its common underlying cause, venous reflux, which offers patients effective results with less pain, less bleeding and shorter recovery times than traditional procedures. This procedure can be performed for cosmetic or medical purposes, depending on each patient’s individual condition and goals for treatment.
Radiofrequency treatment offers benefits over vein stripping and other treatment methods such as faster procedure and recovery times, less discomfort during and after the procedure, and little or no scarring, bruising or swelling. Endovenous radiofrequency ablation can be performed under local or general anesthesia in as little as 45-60 minutes.
Although considered a safe procedure, there are certain risks associated with endovenous radiofrequency ablation, as there are with any type of surgical treatment. Some of these risks may include numbness, infection, unsuccessful results and deep vein thrombosis, although this is considered rare. Your doctor will discuss any risks with you, as well as address any concerns you may have, before performing this procedure.