Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is one of today’s most innovative procedures and the top way to treat varicose veins. Bradley Radwaner, MD, at Elite Veins NY has extensive experience performing RFA in the office. With one short treatment, your varicose veins are eliminated, and you won’t need to take any downtime. Compared to other varicose vein treatments, RFA causes less discomfort after the procedure and has a lower risk of complications. To learn more about RFA, call the office in New York City or book an appointment online.
RFA is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins. The radiofrequency energy produces the exact amount of heat needed to shrink venous tissues, which closes the targeted section of the vein and causes scarring. Following RFA, the scarred tissues are naturally absorbed by your body, and the vein is permanently eliminated.
When the varicosity is gone, your body reroutes blood through another nearby vein. Your circulation improves as the blood can now flow freely through a healthy vein.
Varicose veins develop when a faulty valve in the vein allows blood flow in the wrong direction, going back down the leg rather than moving up to return to your heart. As blood builds up between the damaged valve and the next valve below it, the vein expands and turns into a twisted, engorged varicose vein. Their unsightly appearance is just one problem created by varicose veins.
When you have varicose veins, blood doesn’t return to the heart the way it should. The unoxygenated blood finds its way back into nearby tissues, while the partially blocked vein increases pressure in the veins and tissues below the affected area. As a result, you can develop symptoms such as pain and a tired, heavy feeling in the leg. You’re also at a higher risk for complications, such as venous stasis ulcers and blood clots.
RFA is a safe procedure performed in the office using local anesthesia. For the first step, Dr. Radwaner uses ultrasound imaging to map your veins and plan the procedure. After applying the anesthesia, he makes a very small cut to create access for a thin catheter that contains a radiofrequency electrode.
Continuing to use ultrasound to see the vein and guide the catheter, Dr. Radwaner gently threads the radiofrequency device to the varicose vein. When it’s in place, the device is activated and controlled radiofrequency waves precisely heat the vein as the catheter is slowly withdrawn through varicosity.
You may feel pressure as the catheter moves through your veins, but you won’t feel discomfort during the procedure. After all of your varicose veins are treated, compression stockings are placed on your legs. The stockings help reduce bruising and tenderness, while also supporting the treated veins and promoting normal blood flow.
You can get back to your normal activities as soon as your RFA is finished. However, you’ll need to avoid strenuous physical activity and prolonged sitting for a while. You’ll receive full self-care instructions before leaving the office.
To learn more about endovenous radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins or to schedule an appointment, call Elite Veins NY or use the online booking feature.