What is Endovenous Ablation (RFA)?
Varicose veins can be more than unsightly; they can also be painful and cause discomfort for the men and women who have them. Thankfully, however, there are treatment options to reduce the appearance of varicose veins. One of the more common methods is endovenous ablation or radiofrequency (RF) ablation. Using state-of-the-art technology, our team at Vitality Vein Care can close the varicose vein. While it can be done to correct cosmetic concerns, it's often performed once an individual starts experiencing symptoms, such as aching, swelling, skin discoloration, and more. Our board-certified vein specialists, Drs. Daniel Rizzo, Bradley Hart, and Aaron Roberts, offer this treatment to Frisco, Plano, McKinney, and surrounding area Texas residents. For more information, contact our Prosper, TX office.
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"I had wondered why my legs hurt. And WHY did I have leg cramps every night. During my annual physical my doctor recommended me to have Vitality look at me. They said it would be amazing. We just finished the last surgery… and WOW!! No more leg cramps! My legs feel GREAT. Truly. The doctors and nurses, and other staff members were all excellent. Service. 5 stars. If your legs hurt, do yourself a favor and see Vitality. The procedures were almost painless and were not hard for for me at all!"- R.J. / Google / Nov 14, 2023
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What are the benefits of endovenous ablation?
Varicose veins cause a number of problems for those who have them. Not only are they unsightly, but they also cause discomfort and a host of other issues. Endovenous ablation can address these concerns without the need for invasive surgery. Patients choose to work with Vitality Vein Care for treatment because we:
- Use the latest tools and technology in the industry
- Employ a team of board-certified vein specialists
- Provide a comfortable and safe environment for treatment
Who is a candidate for endovenous ablation?
Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic problem. They can cause pain and discomfort and can even lead to more serious health concerns. A consultation at Vitality Vein Care can determine if you are a candidate for advanced treatments like endovenous ablation. During this appointment, we will discuss your symptoms and overall health, as well as perform a physical examination. Please inform us of any medications and pre-existing conditions that may interfere with treatment. Our goal is to provide the best possible care.
How is Endovenous Ablation Performed?
Endovenous Ablation is a common treatment for varicose veins at Vitality Vein Care and is an outpatient procedure. Using ultrasound technology, one of our skilled vein specialists will guide a small catheter to the vein in question where a local anesthetic is injected. The catheter is activated, and radiofrequency (RF) heat energy will be passed through it. As the vessel is heated, it will close up and seal the vein shut. After your appointment, which typically lasts between 45 – 60 minutes, you can go home.
What is recovery like after endovenous ablation?
While there is very little downtime associated with endovenous ablation, one symptom you may experience is tired, achy legs after your treatment. Within a week following your procedure, we'll have you in for a follow-up appointment at Vitality Vein Care to ensure that the vein has indeed collapsed. In a small number of patients, recovery can take more than a week, but we find that 95 percent of our patients heal much more quickly than that. You should notice your varicose veins becoming less and less visible over the next month or so.
Endovenous Ablation FAQ
Does endovenous ablation hurt?
No, most people don’t experience any discomfort during this minimally invasive procedure. The incision for the catheter is very small, and the treatment area is numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure begins.
How long does an endovenous ablation procedure take?
The entire procedure only takes about 45 minutes to an hour, and then you can go home. Within a week of your procedure, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the vein has collapsed.
How long is recovery after endovenous ablation?
There is little downtime after an endovenous ablation procedure; however, some may experience tired, achy legs after the treatment. Within a month, most will see a noticeable diminishing of the visibility in the treated vein.
Is it OK to exercise after an endovenous ablation treatment?
While you should avoid strenuous exercise during the recovery process, walking is encouraged as it helps to get your blood circulating and aids healing.
How long do you wear compression stockings after endovenous ablation?
Your doctor will advise you about your recovery process, but in general, you can expect to wear compression stockings for about 2 – 6 weeks.
Treat Your Problematic Veins
If you suffer from varicose veins on your legs or elsewhere, rest assured that you are not alone. Many men and women have varicose veins, and it can be something that causes an unsettling feeling while wearing shorts or a skirt. At Vitality Vein Care, our Prosper, TX team can help you not only reduce this cosmetic issue but treat the underlying vein problem. For more information on endovenous ablation, contact board-certified vein specialists Drs. Aaron Roberts, Bradley Hart, or Daniel Rizzo at Vitality Vein Care.
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