Radiofrequency ablation is an ultrasound-guided, minimally invasive treatment option for superficial venous reflux. A thin catheter is inserted into the vein through a small opening. Using radiofrequency energy, the catheter disrupts the tissues of the vein wall as it heats and seals the vein shut. This is an in-office procedure done in 30–60 minutes with local anesthetic only and no downtime after the procedure. Our patients can walk right out of the office with no need for a recovery period.
Studies have shown that those treated with radiofrequency ablation experienced less leg pain, less bruising, and fewer complications, resulting in a faster and less painful recovery than those treated with laser ablation or with other older vein treatment techniques. Our patients will quickly notice not only an increased quality of life but a better overall improvement in appearance.
For these reasons, we provide radiofrequency ablation in addition to what is known as VenaSeal as our treatment of choice for the closure of saphenous veins. Radiofrequency ablation is covered by insurance once all requirements are met. Individual insurance requirements can be discussed with the Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular team.
Whatever procedure our team suggests, rest assured that our team will take care of you and give you the comfort and painless treatment you need. With radiofrequency ablation, your recovery time will surprise you, giving you pain relief in less time than more traditional methods.