The Radio Frequency Ablation Procedure

Radio Frequency Ablation Las Vegas Endovenous Therapy

The Radio Frequency Ablation Las Vegas or the Venefit™ procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) in which our vein specialist (Dr. Kaveh) inserts a Covidien ClosureFast™ Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Catheter to collapse and close enlarged leg veins. After the vein is sealed shut, blood then naturally re-routes to healthy veins.

The RF Ablation Procedure: 

The ClosureFast™ catheter is inserted into the vein through a tiny incision below the knee. Guided by ultrasound imaging, the physician treats a 7 cm segment of vein with a 20-second burst of radiofrequency energy, causing the vessel to shrink around the catheter. The physician withdraws the catheter, treating each segment until the entire length of the vein has been sealed. An average 45 cm length vein can be treated in this manner in just three to five minutes.

Unlike painful vein stripping surgery or laser ablation, the catheter delivers uniform, consistent heat to each segment and temperatures do not exceed 120°C. As a result, the Venefit procedure causes less bruising and allows for rapid patient relief and recovery. The Venefit procedure is commonly performed in an office or an outpatient setting and is covered by most health insurances in the United States and in several countries in Europe.

The RF Ablation Procedure Advantage:

Minimally Invasive

The RF Ablation procedure eliminates the need for groin surgery and general anesthesia. The procedure also results in little to no scarring and is generally performed using local anesthesia in a vein specialist’s office or an outpatient surgical facility. Doctor Kaveh performs the procedure under local anesthesia in our welcoming, private and easily accessible office, the “Alpha Vein Clinic”. 

Less Pain, Less Bruising, Faster Recovery

The 2009 RECOVERY Study compared the experience of patients treated with the ClosureFast catheter and those treated with the 980 nm laser. The study demonstrated:

  • Less pain, bruising and complications with the ClosureFast catheter
  • Up to four times faster improvement in patients’ quality of life with ClosureFast catheter versus laser based on a quality of life questionnaire

Other studies have shown that patients receiving the RF Ablation procedure return to normal activity and work significantly faster than those undergoing vein stripping.

Excellent Clinical Outcomes

The ClosureFast catheter has been shown in a prospective, international multi-center study to be 93% effective at three years using Kaplan Meier analysis.

The Radio Frequency Ablation Las Vegas procedure is performed as a medical necessity as diagnosed by a trained vein specialist. It is not a direct treatment for spider veins or cosmetic issues, However the successful treatment of CVI would produce significant cosmetic improvements.

Potential Side Effects

Although, radiofrequency ablation of the veins is considered to be a very safe procedure, this  like any other procedure may have some potential risks, which we try to minimize. The most important complication risk is deep venous thrombosis (DVT). However, since this is a known phenomenon we have a number of preventive steps that if were followed well the risks  would significantly be minimized. Other less serious but potential risks include cellulitis/infection, skin burn, some blood loss, bruising, mild pain and numbness/tingling in the treated area.  In our experience, majority of our patients have enjoyed a wonderful benefit by undergoing this minimally invasive procedure.

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