Radiofrequency Vein Ablation

What is Radiofrequency Vein Ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation, which is also called radiofrequency closure, can be performed right in your doctor’s office. It is safe, highly effective, and utilizes advanced technology to solve the problem. Typically, the procedure takes about 30-45 minutes, and local anesthesia is used. This procedure is used to treat venous reflux disease, which is also known as chronic venous insufficiency. This treatment is used as a better alternative to traditional vein stripping surgery. Chronic venous insufficiency can cause aches and pain in the legs, along with swelling, itching, ankle pigmentation and varicose veins.

What Are the Benefits of Ablation Treatments?

Ablation is minimally invasive and offers quick recovery time. Ablation is one of the most widely used techniques for varicose vein treatment.

Contrary to previous vein treatment techniques, this procedure involves minimal pain and can be completed in 45 minutes, allowing the patent to be on their feet immediately.

How Does Ablation Work?

First, a technician uses an ultrasound to locate and map the diseased vein; following this, the skin is numbed and a small catheter is inserted into the vein. The ultrasound acts as a guide to help feed the catheter through the length of the vein until it is slowly withdrawn. While traveling down the vein, the catheter emits a small dose of radiofrequency energy. This heats the walls of the vein, working to slowly collapse the entire vein until it is “sealed off”. The dysfunctional vein is closed off and allows for all the healthy veins to take over. Most patients experience symptom improvement in a matter of days.

What is Mechanochemical Ablation (ClariVein)?

Radiofrequency ablation works well, but the dysfunctional vein can also be sealed in other ways. Mechanical ablation (MOCA) requires insertion of a small fiber, with local anesthetic, through the skin, into the target vein. Then, while the fiber tip spins rapidly, it makes contact with the vein wall. Through its tip, a medicine (sclerosant) is slowly injected. This will seal the dysfunctional vein and allow the healthy veins to take over.