Is Radiofrequency Ablation Right for You?

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Suffering from leg pain, swollen veins or other symptoms that leave you feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious? You’re not alone!  An estimated 30-60% of adults develop varicose veins or spider veins, regardless of gender. 

Radiofrequency ablation is just one of the options we offer as treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. The vascular specialists at Metro Vein are trained to provide safe, minimally-invasive procedures that can be performed right in our offices, and our vein doctors are always happy to work with you to determine a personalized treatment plan. View our locations and call your nearest Metro Vein Center today to get started:

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FAQs on Radiofrequency Ablation:

What is Ablation?

“Ablation” refers to any procedure that destroys small portions of tissue that are obstructing your body’s natural processes. Ablation of veins is designed to remove tissue in unhealthy valves that hinder blood flow, improving blood circulation to your legs.

 

What is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses radio waves for treating both the symptoms and the underlying cause of varicose veins. RFA is used to treat connecting veins that transport blood from the superficial veins under the skin to the deep veins under the muscles. The procedure is performed under ultrasound guidance, allowing the physician to treat the targeted area accurately and safely. RFA requires only local anesthesia and is performed in the office in under one hour with minor discomfort and just a few hours of recovery time.

 

How Does Radiofrequency Ablation Work?

During an RFA procedure, your vein specialist will insert a thin catheter directly into the unhealthy vein through your skin. The catheter emits radio waves, which heat specific areas of the affected vein, causing it to close. When your doctor removes the catheter, the healing process will begin almost immediately. The closed vein is then reabsorbed into the body and the blood supply in that area is naturally rerouted through other, healthier veins. 

 

Does Radiofrequency Ablation Have Side Effects?

While some patients have reported small amounts of numbness, hypersensitivity or burning sensation near their injection site, RFA is a completely safe procedure which takes just a few hours of recovery.

 

How Much Does Radiofrequency Ablation Cost?

Radiofrequency ablation is one vein procedure that is almost always covered by insurance. Metro Vein Centers accept most insurance providers, including Medicare.