Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation is a procedure suitable for the treatment of larger varicose veins.

In the picture there is an example of larger varicose veins suitable for treatment with Radiofrequency Ablation. The procedure is performed by our Vein Physician and one of our Sonographers. Under ultrasound guidance the radiofrequency fibre is inserted into the vein and the vein is then numbed using local anaesthetic. After the radiofrequency procedure any remaining varicose veins are treated Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy. The procedure usually takes 60 to 90 minutes. You will need to wear a compression stocking for 2-3 weeks after the treatment and walk for 45 mins each day while wearing the stocking.

This is an outpatient procedure and you will be able to return to work the next day. Heavy exercise should be avoided for 4 weeks. One week after the initial treatment you will have another ultrasound assessment and you may need more Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy treatment. There will be a further two more of these ultrasound reassessments, one after 4 months and the final assessment one year after the initial treatment. See FAQS.

How does it work?

Radiofrequency Ablation like Endovenous Laser Ablation is an Endothermal Ablation. Ablation means removal. The Radiofrequency fibre seals the vein as it is withdrawn. The treated vein is then gradually absorbed over several months. The Endovenous Laser fibre is finer than the Radiofequency fibre, so using the Endovenous Laser fibre may make the procedure more straightforward than Radiofrequency Ablation. Radiofrequency Ablation hasn't been researched as extensively as Endovenous Laser Ablation.

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