Treating varicose veins with radio waves
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure performed in our office. With guidance from ultrasound, a catheter is inserted into the vein and thermal energy is applied. Local anesthesia means you will feel no or little discomfort as the vein collapses.
This procedure is approved by the Federal Drug Administration for treatment of the great saphenous vein — the longest vein in your body, running the length of each leg — and other large veins. Compression stockings and bandages are applied after the procedure to reduce bruising and tenderness. You will be able to walk immediately after the procedure although you will need to rest for a day or two and will probably experience some soreness for a week or so. We will schedule a follow-up visit within one to three weeks, when the doctor will perform another ultrasound checkup to confirm healing.