September 8, 2022

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Treatment for Varicose Veins

The varicose vein is a condition in which veins become swollen and enlarged due to damage to the valves of veins. This causes problems with blood flow and over time blood gets collected in your veins. This results in bulging and twisting of veins under your skin surface. These veins cause cosmetic concern along with other symptoms like aching, cramping, or swelling in your legs. 

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a treatment method used to treat varicose veins. During this treatment, heat generated through radio frequency is sent into the affected vein through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. This helps in closing the affected vein and its blood supply is shifted into a healthy vein.

How does this treatment method work?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure that uses heat from radiofrequency waves for the treatment of varicose veins. In this procedure, a tiny cut is made near the knee and a catheter is threaded up in the vein from the groin area. The doctor takes the help of ultrasound for visualization and to apply radiofrequency waves with precision. The heat energy from the waves causes the affected vein to collapse. Then the blood is redirected to adjacent healthier veins and slowly the body reabsorbs the destroyed vein.

Benefits of Radio Frequency Ablation technique

Fast and safe

RFA is a non-surgical method which is performed as an outpatient procedure. It takes around 35 to 40 minutes for the procedure to get complete. Being a non-surgical procedure, it eliminates the risks that are there in surgery.

Minimally invasive

Only a tiny cut of around ¼-inch is required for RFA. 

Little to no pain

Before the procedure, local anaesthesia is given in the area so you don’t feel much of anything. After the procedure, some patients might feel pain or discomfort, but it is very mild.

Minimal bruising

 Radiofrequency ablation procedures usually do not cause any post-surgical bruising as compared to other surgical and non-surgical treatment options for varicose veins. However, if there is any bruising or swelling it is usually mild and should not last more than 10 to 14 days.

Very little downtime

After the RFA procedure usually, your doctor recommends that you resume your normal activities within 24 hours. But take care to avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for a week at least.

No need for general anaesthesia

There is no need for general anaesthesia while treating varicose veins with the RFA procedure. For the best Radio Frequency Ablation treatment, you can consult Dr Akhil Monga. He has vast experience in treating varicose veins with minimally invasive procedures.

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