What is Radiofrequency Ablation? | Princeton Vascular | Princeton, NJ

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Endovenous Ablation with Radiofrequency

Whаt іѕ Radiofrequency Ablаtіоn?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is the preferred spider and varicose vein treatment option at the Princeton Vascular Center to treat vein disease. It is a minimally-invasive solution compared to traditional vein stripping surgery of the past. The procedure addresses the root cause of spider and varicose veins that are symptomatic.

How is RFA performed?

The procedure is simple and effectively done in-office. Using ultrasound guidance and a small IV line, a thin catheter is inserted into the target, feeder vein. Once the catheter is accurately positioned, the surrounding area is given a local anesthetic solution (tumescence). The catheter is then activated to deliver radiofrequency (RF) energy to the vein wall. The radiofrequency heats and ultimately collapses the diseased vein. 

Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is redirected to healthy veins, similar to other techniques. Vein ablation in our New Jersey offices takes no more than 30 minutes and patients can return to their usual activities right after. Plus, no fasting is required for this popular vein treatment procedure, so you can eat and drink as normal up to the minute of the procedure. 

Turn to the Princeton Vascular Center for cutting-edge vein ablations and varicose vein treatments. Choose from one of our innovative New Jersey offices in locations such as Edison, Mt. Laurel, Princeton, Point Pleasant, and Wayne. Complete our online virtual consultation to start the process.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) has replaced surgical stripping as the standard of treatment for varicose veins.

Pros and Cons

Here are some of the pros and cons of radiofrequency ablation (RFA):

Pros

  • Highly effective for long-term cure of vein disease
  • Minimally-invasive and gold standard of symptomatic venous disease
  • Non-surgical technique resulting in no scarring
  • Resume daily activities immediately

Cons

  • Best avoided in areas close to the nerves or skin
  • Cannot be used within tortuous varicose veins
  • Should be used in combination with either sclerotherapy or microphlebectomy for optimal cosmetic and symptomatic relief

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does RFA do to the Faulty Vein?

Ablation treats the vein from within by heating thе vein wаll and collapsing the targeted, unhealthy segments. Circulation is then redirected to the other healthy veins within the legs to relieve symptoms and prevent further complications.

Is RFA Painful?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) does not require any sedatives or general anesthesia. Your doctor should feel comfortable doing the procedure under local anesthesia. If your skin is very sensitive, ask the doctor for any preparations that can be used to make the process even smoother.

What are the Similarities Between RFA and EVLA?

Both procedures are endovenous techniques that have become the standard of care for vein treatment. Both are highly effective with proven long-term success and low risk of recurrences.

When Can I Expect to See Results from my RFA Treatment?

Patients can begin to feel a considerable difference one week after their radiofrequency ablation procedure. In particular, patients will notice their leg heaviness, restless legs and cramps may completely disappear.

What Is the Risk of Recurrence of Varicose Veins After Endovenous Ablation with Radiofrequency Treatment?

Varicose veins are the result of a progressive disease, and while we can treat what is occurring now, it is up to the individual patient, their genetics, and their lifestyle that will determine whether other spider veins and varicose veins will develop over time.

How Does Ablation Compare to Traditional “Vein Stripping?”

Many patients recall “vein stripping” as being a difficult procedure to endure in which the entire saphenous vein would be removed through large skin incisions. Fortunately, “vein stripping” is in the past and new technologies have made the vein treatment procedures minimally-invasive. With the current endovenous techniques, there is no need for skin incisions or anesthesia to treat varicose veins.

Am I a Cаndіdаtе fоr RFA Trеаtmеnt?

RFA is a minimallyinvasive technique that is suited for almost all patients. When you visit one of our New Jersey vein clinics, a qualified vein specialist will perform a comprehensive vein consultation. They will take into consideration your medical history and lifestyle to determine if radiofrequency ablation is the right treatment for your vein disease. A member of our staff will be able to see if your procedure qualifies for insurance coverage. 

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