Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive option for the treatment of venous reflux disease, which is the most common cause of varicose veins. This type of treatment is done on site at L.A. Vein Center by Dr. Lee, and you can return home shortly afterwards. If varicose veins are a cosmetic issue, a physical issue, or both, radiofrequency ablation may be the answer.
The Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment Process
During radiofrequency ablation, Dr. Lee will first make a very small incision to create room for a slender catheter. The catheter serves as a delivery tool for concentrated heat (the radiofrequency energy,) which is sent directly into the vein walls. This heat forces the vein to compress. The blood inside the vein will then gradually be redirected into healthy veins below. The vein, which will then be just a shell, will gradually be absorbed by the body and replaced with scar tissue. This leaves the surface of the skin smooth and clear. The radiofrequency ablation treatment process usually takes less than an hour, but it depends on how many veins are being treated during the session. Radiofrequency ablation is quite well tolerated and most patients need only local anesthesia or mild sedation for the procedure.
After Radiofrequency Ablation: Care at Home
After radiofrequency ablation, you’ll usually wear compression stockings until your follow-up appointment with Dr. Lee. Most patients are able to go about their normal routine, including work, with no problems after radiofrequency ablation. It’s important to consider whether lifestyle factors such as excess weight or a sedentary lifestyle may have contributed to your venous reflux disease and the resulting varicose veins. If this is the case, you can talk with Dr. Lee about lifestyle adjustments that can help you avoid developing varicose veins again in the future.
Wondering if radiofrequency ablation can help with your varicose veins? Call the L.A. Vein Center today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee to learn more about this procedure.