Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers

Varicose veins and other venous disorders can be more than just cosmetic concerns. They can lead to pain, swelling, and more severe complications if left untreated. One of the groundbreaking treatments in the vein care realm is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). Here’s a closer look at this revolutionary procedure.

What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?

RFA is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to heat and seal off malfunctioning veins. This procedure is particularly effective for treating saphenous vein reflux, a primary cause of varicose veins.

How Does RFA Work?

1. Local Anesthesia: The area to be treated is numbed to ensure patient comfort.
2. Catheter Insertion: A thin, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into the faulty vein using ultrasound guidance.
3. Radiofrequency Energy Application: The catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein walls, causing the vein to heat up and collapse.
4. Natural Diversion: Once the malfunctioning vein is closed, blood naturally reroutes to healthier veins, restoring optimal blood flow.

Benefits of RFA

1. Minimally Invasive: RFA requires only tiny incisions, reducing the risk of infection and speeding up recovery.
2. Outpatient Procedure: The treatment can be done in a clinic setting, eliminating the need for hospitalization.
3. Quick Recovery: Most patients can resume regular activities within a day or two.
4. High Success Rate: Studies have shown that RFA has a success rate of over 90%, making it one of the most effective vein treatments available.
5. Cosmetically Pleasing: With minimal scarring and immediate results, many patients are satisfied with the aesthetic outcome.

When to Consider RFA

If you’re experiencing symptoms like:

1. Bulging, visible veins.
2. Pain or heaviness in the legs.
3. Swelling or skin discoloration near the affected vein.
4. Restless leg syndrome or nocturnal cramping.

It might be time to consult with a vein specialist about the possibility of RFA.

After the procedure, patients are often advised to:

1. Wear compression stockings for a certain period.

2. Avoid prolonged standing or heavy lifting for a few days.

3. Walk regularly to promote blood circulation.

Radiofrequency Ablation has revolutionized the treatment of vein disorders, offering a combination of effectiveness, safety, and convenience. If you’re grappling with venous issues, RFA could be the solution you’ve been seeking.

Further Reading:

RadiologyInfo.org: https://www.radiologyinfo.org/

Johns Hopkins Medicine: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/radiofrequency-ablation#:~:text=Radiofrequency%20ablation%2C%20or%20RFA%2C%20is,chronic%20back%20and%20neck%20pain.

National Institutes of Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK556120/

Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/symptoms-causes/syc-20350643

Radiofrequency Ablation

Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers

Radiofrequency ablation effectively treats large, unsightly varicose veins that cause pain and discomfort. At Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers, board-certified interventional cardiologist Farhad Aduli, MD, provides this outpatient procedure at offices in Covington and Mandeville, Louisiana. Call today or use this website to schedule an appointment and find out if this or another treatment can help you resolve uncomfortable and unattractive varicose veins.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is an advanced treatment for large varicose veins in the legs. Radiofrequency heat energy is applied to your varicose veins, sealing them off. The vein collapses and, over time, your body absorbs it into your system. The puffiness and discoloration of varicose veins fade and your body directs your blood flow to healthier nearby veins.

What should I expect during radiofrequency ablation treatment?

Dr. Aduli usually performs this procedure on an outpatient basis, meaning you go home the same day for recovery. He uses local anesthesia to reduce any discomfort associated with the treatment. Dr. Aduli places a small needle into the varicose vein to apply the numbing agent. He then inserts a radiofrequency catheter — or small tube. You may feel some pressure and poking during this part of the procedure. The heat energy is delivered through the catheter, causing the vein walls to permanently close. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour. You need to arrange for someone to drive you home for recovery.

How many radiofrequency ablation treatments do I need?

The providers at Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers customize your treatment plan according to the severity of your varicose veins. If you have larger veins and more extensive varicosity, you may require more than one session.

What are the benefits of radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins?

Compared to other, more invasive varicose vein treatments, radiofrequency ablation results in less trauma and requires minimal downtime. The procedure has fewer side effects than vein stripping or other forms of vein surgery. Radiofrequency ablation is safe, precise, and effective. You can return to work within a day, and the procedure is FDA-cleared. Many insurance plans cover the cost of treatment.

When will I see results from radiofrequency ablation treatment?

Following the procedure, you need to wear compression stockings for a week to reduce swelling and induce healing. Some discoloration may remain for a few weeks or months, but the veins eventually disappear, leaving you with smooth, clear skin. To find out if radiofrequency ablation is right for you, call Louisiana Heart and Vascular today and set up an appointment at the location nearest you. You can also use the online tool to schedule your consultation.