Radio Frequency Ablation RFA (VNUS Closure)
Radio Frequency Ablation RFA or VNUS Closure is a new and minimally invasive procedure to treat varicose veins. Prior to this outpatient procedure, varicose veins were treated with traditional surgical approaches such as stripping and vein ligation. Radio frequency ablation uses radio energy to seal the diseased vein shut without the need for invasive surgery in which multiple incisions are necessary. This procedure offers little to no downtime and a quick recovery.
Is Radio Frequency Ablation RFA right for me?
If you are suffering from the complications of venous insufficiency which may include pain, swelling, aching legs, or varicose and spider veins , you may be a good candidate for Radio Frequency Ablation. Please call our offices to discuss your treatment options.
- varicose veins (large, twisted rope like veins near the surface of the skin)
- tired, heavy, and achy legs
- muscle cramps accompanied by a burning and throbbing sensation
- change in skin color (known as stasis pigmentation)
- dry and thinning skin
- inflammation of the skin
- open sores and bleeding
What are the benefits of Radio Frequency Ablation RFA?
It is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure to treat varicose veins. This treatment requires no stitches and little to no downtime. Patients may return to their normal activities within a day or two. Other benefits include:
- Less discomfort during and after the procedure
- faster recovery
- minimal pain
- minimal bruising
What is the Procedure Like?
A small amount of local anesthesia will be applied to the area of skin to be treated. Using ultrasound to guide it, a thin tube or a catheter is inserted into the diseased vein through a small incision. The catheter is threaded into the saphenous vein, the superficial vein of the leg and positioned near the groin. Then the tube is energized by pulses of electricity, heating and contracting the walls of the vein until it shrinks and shuts down. This causes the vein to seal shut and blood flow is automatically rerouted through healthier adjacent veins. Once the vein is treated, the catheter is slowly withdrawn through the incision.
What can I Expect Afterward?
Following treatment, a compression bandage is placed on the leg. Patients are also instructed to wear compression stockings to reduce swelling and post-operative discomfort for two to three weeks. Patients are able to walk immediately after the procedure and normal activities may be resumed in a few days. Any minor soreness or bruising can be effectively treated with over the counter pain medications. A follow up appointment will be scheduled a week later to evaluate the results.