Radiofrequency Ablation is a procedure used to treat Venous reflux disease; a disease that develops when a vein valve in the legs becomes damaged or diseased. Radiofrequency Ablation utilizes heat to collapse and seal the vein walls. This technique is minimally invasive and is performed by using ultrasound and by inserting a catheter below the knee and into the diseased vein. The procedure uses a local anesthetic is used to numb the area that is being worked on and does not require any general anesthesia. The heat of the Radiofrequency generator is delivered and, at this time, the catheter is withdrawn. The heat caused the unhealthy vein’s walls to shrink and the vein is entirely closed. Closing the unhealthy vein allows blood flow to be redirected to the healthy veins and begins the recovery process. Over time, the treated vein turns into scar tissue and is absorbed by the body.
This procedure does not require bed rest and patients are encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure is complete, but your vein doctor may advise you to avoid excessive standing and strenuous activity. Patients may also resume normal activity within a day or two after the procedure.
If you are interested in learning more about Radio Frequency Ablation, contact Cardiovascular Medicine PLLC’s office at 800-382-0707.