What is Radiofrequency Closure?
Another minimally-invasive way of treating varicose veins may be radiofrequency closure therapy, a technique using endovenous ablation. Radiofrequency closure successfully targets faulty veins while leaving surrounding tissues undamaged.
During this procedure, the treated area will be completely numbed. Then, through a tiny incision, a fine catheter tube will be inserted and positioned inside of the affected vein. The radiofrequency energy is then fed through the catheter where it heats the walls of the vein, causing it to close off. After the vein is cauterized, it is completely disabled, but remains in place in order to minimize bruising after the procedure. Blood flow is redistributed to healthy veins and patients are usually able to return to normal activities immediately.
Why is Radiofrequency Closure Performed?
While some patients have their varicose veins treated for cosmetic reasons, others experience several uncomfortable symptoms in the legs such as:
- Aching and pain
Radiofrequency closure therapy is often a solution for patients who wish to treat their varicose veins but do not want to undergo extensive surgery. During your consultation several factors such as your health, medical history, and vascular condition will be evaluated to determine if radiofrequency closure is the right treatment for you.
This form of endovenous ablation is safe for most people, but some contraindicating medical conditions may require further evaluation or alternative forms of treatment.
Is There Any Recovery Time?
As this procedure is guided by ultrasound visualization, the radiofrequency closure can be completed with optimal precision and accuracy. Any bruising, swelling, or tenderness that may be felt will subside soon after treatment and can be controlled with prescription medication.
There is usually no pain during the healing process; a daily walking regimen may be suggested in order to maintain proper blood circulation in veins.
While radiofrequency closure disables veins permanently, a chance still remains that new varicose veins may develop in the future. With thorough diagnosis and treatment, your vascular condition will be treated at the source to significantly reduce this possibility.