What to expect with Radiofrequency Ablation

If you suffer from varicose veins, you’re a member of a very large club. About 25 million Americans face a daily struggle with the swollen, ropey veins that can cause throbbing pain, severe swelling, and heavy, tired legs. Varicose veins are a medical condition due to venous reflux disease or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) leading to blood pooling in the lower legs. This can cause the vessels to swell and protrude through the skin becoming knotted or tangled. It can be a very painful condition. If you or a loved one is struggling with vein disease, medical procedures can often seem overwhelming and intimidating. You may even put off necessary treatments out of fear of the unknown.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of the diseased veins is an excellent treatment option. The purpose of this post is to explain the radiofrequency treatment process and to ensure those that are affected that the road to vein recovery is not as strenuous as imagined. It is quick. It is easy. It is nearly painless. In fact, the average length of time for the Radiofrequency Ablation procedure is only about 30-45 minutes.

The Procedure in Detail

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure for treating varicose veins and is done under visual ultrasound guidance. The procedure involves inserting a small catheter into the diseased vein through a very small incision. The catheter is then threaded through the vessel up to the groin area. Carefully controlled radiofrequency waves are applied to the heating element in intervals to heat and seal the vein in small increments. After each segment is treated, the catheter is manually withdrawn down the vein and the process is repeated until the entire length of the vein has been sealed. The body automatically re-routes blood flow through healthier veins, and the restoration of normal circulation relieves the uncomfortable symptoms. The sealed vein becomes scar tissue and is eventually absorbed by the body. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia in a physician’s office. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure, and are usually able to resume their normal activities within a day. The use of compression stockings is generally prescribed for two weeks.


There is little preparation needed before the Radiofrequency Ablation procedure. Tell your doctor about any recent illnesses, medical conditions, allergies and medications you’re taking, including herbal supplements and aspirin. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown. Plan to have someone drive you home afterward. This procedure is usually covered by most major medical insurance plans.


• General anesthesia is not necessary for the procedure.

• It is performed right in a doctor’s office, so there is no surgical


• The procedure is easy to incorporate into even the busiest schedules; the

entire procedure is completed in less than an hour and there is little to no

downtime following your appointment.

• Symptoms of varicose veins are gone very soon after the procedure is over.

• The procedure has a very high success rate.

If you suffer from vein disease, come see us at the Alpha Vein Clinic. Dr. Sassan Kaveh is very experienced in treating affected veins with the radiofrequency ablation procedure. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through the entire process. Call our offices today to set up an appointment to learn how radiofrequency ablation can finally relieve you of your leg vein symptoms!

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