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Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy (RFA)

RadioFrequency Ablation (RFA) therapy has been used with great success in treating venous disease. RFA is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that leaves little to no scarring. With a short and relatively painless recovery period, RFA is performed under local anesthesia in our office. Most patients return to normal activity immediately following their appointment. Most treatments are completed in less than an hour.

RFA is an effective method of treating venous reflux disease in carefully selected patients and has been proven to be extremely successful. The benefits of RFA over traditional surgical vein stripping are numerous:

  1. Performed under local anesthetic
  2. Return to normal activities immediately following the procedure
  3. Quick and simply procedure requiring less than an hour to complete
  4. Minimally invasive with little to no scarring
  5. Relatively painless procedure
  6. Minimal post-operative discomfort

What should I expect during treatment?

RFA is quick and a minimally invasive procedure. The treatment itself will take less than an hour, which includes a physical exam and ultrasound vein mapping.

The affected area is locally anesthetized and a small incision is made. A narrow tube that carries the RadioFrequency Ablation catheter is inserted into the diseased vein. The catheter delivers thermal energy in short pulses causing the vein to collapse and close, preventing blood flow. Once the diseased vein is closed off blood is diverted to other healthy veins.

In the months after the procedure, the body will naturally absorb the vein remnant, leaving virtually no sign of the vein in the treated area.

How many treatments are needed?

RFA most often eliminates the major treated vein in one treatment. In some cases, additional or complementary therapies may be necessary to provide you with optimal cosmetic results. Dr. Probstfeld will discuss any additional therapies recommended before your procedure.

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