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Radiofrequency Ablation

How is Vein RFA Performed?


The procedure takes place in the doctor’s office. They will inject a local anesthetic before the RFA. You will be lying down in the most comfortable position possible.


With the help of an ultrasound, the doctor inserts a small catheter through an incision in the vein. They will use it to pass an electrical current directly to the affected vein.


This procedure takes about 30 minutes. You can go back to your everyday activities right after the RFA, but be careful not to drive or perform any demanding activities.

What To Expect After The RFA

You will need to wear compression stockings for a few days. After a week or two, your doctor will make sure the procedure has been effective using an ultrasound machine to see if the veins have closed.

Radiofrequency vein ablation is highly effective in treating varicose veins, working about 95% of the time. If some veins are remaining after the procedure, they can be treated again.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does Radiofrequency Ablation have side effects?

RFA is one of the safest and most advanced vein treatments available. However, it does involve minimal risks and side effects, which include:

  • Skin burns
  • Pain
  • Feelings of burning
  • Prickling
  • Blood clots
  • Nerve damage

Will I feel any pain during the Radiofrequency Ablation?

The doctor will use a local anesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain. Although you may feel some pressure during the procedure.

Will I be awake during the procedure?

Yes. This is a minimally invasive vein procedure that is performed using a local anesthetic, so you will be awake the entire time.

What are the aftercare instructions?

You will be sent home wearing bandages. You should avoid getting this wrapping wet and using saunas or hot tubs for the next couple of weeks. You should also avoid strenuous activities.

Talk to your doctor about other aftercare instructions you should follow.

Is RFA the best option for me?

Radiofrequency ablation is one of the best therapies for varicose and spider veins:

It’s very safe. The risk of complications is minimal, especially when compared to other procedures.

  • It has been proved successful over 90% of the time
  • Does not require hospitalization
  • The procedure is very fast, takes less than 1 hour
  • Recovery time is very short
  • However, every patient is different, which is why you should always talk to your doctor about which is the best vein treatment plan for you.

Which are other options to treat spider veins and varicose veins?

Depending on your case, your doctor may also recommend:

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