Radiofrequency ablation – the use of high-frequency radio waves as a superficial vein treatment, to close a diseased vein — is a varicose vein treatment that has been practiced safely for years, with very high success rates.
Also called RF, radiofrequency ablation is the preferred procedure for treatment of superficial veins, including the great saphenous vein, which runs the length of your leg.
The great saphenous vein is the longest in your body, and it can become varicose just like any other vein. Because of its size, other treatments often don’t work as well to treat it. RF has been widely used as a varicose vein treatment since 1999, and its success on the great saphenous vein is well-documented.
In the procedure, a doctor numbs the vein and uses ultrasound to guide a wire catheter into the vein. Thermal energy in the form of radio waves will travel through the catheter, heating the vein walls and causing them to eventually thicken and collapse. Any discomfort during the procedure will be minor, and within a few weeks the vein will be absorbed into your body and other veins in your leg will replace the treated vein to transport blood.
The procedure usually is over in less than an hour. It is done in the doctor’s office and you can return quickly to normal activities. You may need to wear compression stockings for several weeks to relieve swelling and bruising.
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