Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive method used for the treatment of varicose veins. Although considered non-critical, varicose veins can lead to further complications if left untreated. Signs of problematic veins may include extreme discomfort in legs, bulging (rope-like) veins, and skin changes in lower extremities (swelling, ulcerations).
Ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation utilizes radiofrequency energy to heat, collapse, and close off problematic veins from within. Performed under local anesthesia, radiofrequency ablation is the preferred procedure over traditional vein stripping. As a minimally invasive procedure, patients often receive the treatment in office and are able to return to their daily activities within the day.
With all medical procedures, there is potential for side effects or post-treatment symptoms to occur. Although rare, common post-procedure traits may include, but are not limited to bruising, numbness, swelling, and minor discomfort in the targeted areas.