WHAT IS RFA?
Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment 101
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) treatment is a safe, proven medical procedure that not only treats the symptoms of varicose veins, but also treats the underlying condition that causes them. The outpatient procedure time is usually less than an hour and does not require hospitalization. Most people do not find Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) treatment to be overly uncomfortable, and recovery time is generally a matter of hours. In addition, some studies show that the RFA procedure may be associated with lower rates of pain, bruising and complications when compared to other treatment modalities.
In RFA, the doctor inserts a small catheter into the diseased vein through a small incision. Consistent and uniform heat is delivered to contract the collagen in the vein walls, causing them to collapse and close. After the vein is closed, blood is naturally redirected to healthy veins, and the treated vein is gradually absorbed into surrounding tissue. The procedure is always performed under ultrasound guidance, giving the doctor a live view of your veins, for accuracy and safety.
HOW RFA TREATMENT WORKS
Healthy blood flow restored for improved circulation.
Radiofrequency Ablation treats varicose veins by destroying veins with damaged valves; they are eventually absorbed by your body. After RFA, blood flow is diverted to healthy veins, improving circulation.
CUSTOMIZED TREATMENT FOR VARICOSE VEINS
Every patient is unique, and so is every treatment plan.
RFA cannot treat veins that are too small, twisted, and/or close to the surface of the skin; that’s what sclerotherapy is for. Your VCA vein specialist will tailor a treatment plan specifically for your condition; it may involve the combination of a few types of treatments. The goal is to improve your health, maximize your results and restore your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.