Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Vein Institute

Vein Specialists located throughout Fairfield, Newtown, Westport, Shelton, & Avon, CT

Varicose veins are often painful and unsightly. But Vein Institute in Fairfield, Newtown, Westport, Avon, and Shelton, Connecticut, offers unique treatments to shrink bulging veins. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) eliminates varicose veins during a simple outpatient procedure. Most people who undergo RFA are able to return to work right away. Best of all, RFA leaves behind no marks or scars. Ready to explore the benefits of RFA? Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

If you're looking for a long-term solution for your varicose veins, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) might be your best bet. RFA uses radiofrequency heat to seal off insufficient veins. Sealed-off veins aren't able to carry blood. Your body reroutes blood flow through healthy veins, and the treated vein disappears.

How can radiofrequency ablation help my varicose veins?

Varicose veins are usually not harmful to your health, but they can be uncomfortable. Many people with varicose veins report that their legs feel achy and sore. These symptoms often worsen after standing for long periods. RFA treatment can relieve your discomfort and help you stay active.

Varicose veins can also be a cosmetic issue. If you're unhappy with the way your legs look, RFA can help. Treatments shrink unsightly veins and help you feel more confident about your appearance. 

What happens during radiofrequency ablation?

Unlike traditional vein surgery, RFA is minimally invasive. There's no need to visit the hospital or plan for an overnight procedure. Your RFA treatment takes place in the comfort of the Vein Institute of Connecticut office. 

Before your treatment begins, your provider cleans your skin. The medical team applies a numbing medicine and then makes a tiny puncture in the affected vein. Your provider threads a thin catheter into the vein. This catheter produces heat, scarring your vein and closing it off.

Finally, your provider removes the catheter and bandages your leg. You also receive a compression stocking to support your leg as it heals. 

Most RFA procedures take less than an hour. In most cases, you can return to your day-to-day activities right away, but you might need to avoid strenuous exercise for several days.

What can I expect during my recovery?

After your procedure, you might experience some minor bruising or swelling. The Vein Institute team can help you manage your discomfort and recover quickly.

You may notice some temporary changes in the color or appearance of your varicose veins. As the vein scars, blood flow is redirected through other veins. 

Because the incisions used during RFA are so small, they need no stitches. Most patients experience no scarring or lasting discoloration. 

Let Vein Institute provide the expert care you need. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.