Treatment & Recovery
Radio Frequency Ablation
Radio frequency ablation uses radio frequency energy (electricity) to eliminate varicose veins. After using ultrasound to map the course of veins, the physician guides a catheter though a small incision in the diseased vein, then applies pulses of energy to heat and contract the collagen within the walls of the veins. Once the varicose vein has been ablated, blood flow is automatically rerouted through healthier adjacent veins.
The procedure typically takes about an hour, and there is virtually no downtime. Most people return to normal activities immediately, though you may be asked to avoid strenuous exercise. Following the procedure, a compression wrap is placed on the treated leg. You will be asked to wear that wrap for 24 hours or less and then return for a follow-up with our physicians. Recovery is typically rapid and mild, with any discomfort or bruising managed by over-the-counter medications.