Our radiofrequency ablation treatment is recommended for individuals looking to alleviate the pain associated with enlarged varicose veins. Our laser ablation procedure uses laser heat energy to close off the walls of veins while radiofrequency uses radio waves similar to a microwave oven to scar the vein. This radiofrequency ablation scars the vein so that it closes and the blood cannot flow backward and pool; this is the root cause of varicose veins. Instead, the blood is diverted back to the heart, through the deep venous system where it can flow properly and not from the surface veins that eventually will varicose. Radiofrequency ablation is one of our preferred methods of treatment to close off varicose veins at Windward Vein.
Although the radiofrequency ablation catheter is inserted directly into the leg, patients experience virtually no pain because the target area is first numbed using a diluted lidocaine solution called tumescent. Tumescent is used to avoid the uncomfortable burning sensation often associated with pure lidocaine. Depending on your unique preference and recommended treatment by your physician, either a topical numbing solution or light sedation will be used.
A small catheter is inserted through a small incision made at the best point of treatment, usually at the back of the knee or just above. Once the catheter is inside of the affected vein, radiofrequency waves are released into the lumen of the vein. Radiofrequency waves will begin to scar the vein and the vein can be closed off in sections as the catheter is pulled down the vein. The treatment is fast and effective, taking no more than an hour or so.
Every patient we treat with radiofrequency ablation loves this treatment because it’s effectiveness with virtually no pain to speak of. We treat each patient carefully and make sure to offer a full diagnostic ultrasound test before and after each procedure to show the progress. We also work with our patients for any further preventative care after treatment and monitor them with follow-up care.