Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A
What is radiofrequency vein ablation?
Radiofrequency vein ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that treats varicose veins and venous insufficiency. Dr. Patel performs this procedure in the comfort of his office using the ClosureFast™ system.
ClosureFast uses radiofrequency energy to heat the vein and make the vein walls collapse. Your body automatically reroutes blood flow through nearby healthy veins, which eliminates the unhealthy vein, alleviates your symptoms, and prevents complications from venous insufficiency.
Am I a good candidate for radiofrequency vein ablation?
After evaluating your symptoms and performing a thorough exam, Dr. Patel determines if radiofrequency ablation is the best treatment for your vein problem.
Varicose veins develop when valves inside the veins stop working properly, allowing blood to flow back down the leg instead of going toward your heart. This condition, called venous insufficiency, allows blood to accumulate in the vein.
As the blood builds up, you develop varicose veins and other symptoms such as:
Leg and ankle swelling
Venous stasis ulcers
Without treatment, venous insufficiency leads to complications such as venous dermatitis and slow-healing venous stasis ulcers.
Radiofrequency ablation closes the dysfunctional vein, eliminating unsightly varicose veins and restoring normal circulation, which treats your symptoms.
Dr. Patel also offers VenaSeal™ for the treatment of dysfunctional veins. VenaSeal is a surgical adhesive that Dr. Patel injects to close the vein, eliminating varicose veins.
What should I expect during endovenous radiofrequency ablation?
Dr. Patel applies a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort and then inserts the ClosureFast catheter into the vein. Using ultrasound-guided imaging, he gently threads the catheter to the dysfunctional vein and then the catheter releases radiofrequency energy, heating the vein and making the walls close.
Radiofrequency ablation with ClosureFast causes less pain and bruising than laser treatments for varicose veins. You’ll also have a faster recovery, and you only need to wear compression stockings for a week or less.
Well over 2 million people in more than 100 countries found relief from varicose veins and venous insufficiency with the ClosureFast procedure. Call Premier Vascular or book an appointment online today.