How is radiofrequency ablation used to treat varicose veins?

Radiofrequency ablation is a type of treatment for varicose veins. In this procedure, a catheter is inserted into the vein, and radiofrequency waves are transmitted through the vein to cause damage to the vein wall. This causes the vein to collapse and prevents blood flow through the vein.

Varicose veins are enlarged cord-like veins that produce a feeling of heaviness and fatigue in the legs. For some people, varicose veins also pose a cosmetic challenge.

One new technique for treating varicose veins is radiofrequency ablation (RFA), or burning the vein from the inside and shutting the vein out. This is an outpatient treatment: the doctor will give you some medication to help you remain calm during the procedure, give you local anesthesia, and perform the procedure through a small needle hole in your vein. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes.

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