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Radiofrequency energy emitted from an electrode generates heat, damaging the walls of the diseased vein and effectively closing the refluxing vein. Over time, the body will reabsorb the treated vein, causing it to disappear.
Endovenous RFA is most commonly performed to relieve the symptoms of varicose veins. Symptoms may include leg swelling, leg pain/heaviness, skin discoloration/irritation or ulceration. The procedure is best suited to varicose veins that are straight and not close to the skin surface. An venous ultrasound performed during an initial consultation will help determine whether RFA is the best treatment option for your varicose veins.
Prior to your procedure, you will receive specific instructions on how to prepare, including any changes that need to be made to your regular medication schedule. Any possible complications associated with the procedure and the cost involved will be discussed with you as part of the informed consent procedure.
On the day of the procedure, the treatment area will be marked with the use of ultrasound. You will be given the opportunity to listen to your favourite music or simply chat with our friendly nurse throughout the procedure.
The procedure takes approximately 45-60 minutes.
Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a very low-risk procedure. It is common for patients to have some minor bruising after the procedure which resolves within a fortnight. Minimal post-procedural pain is managed with simple analgesia.
Rare complications include:
Following the procedure, our team will apply a compression stocking to the treated leg to avoid the formation of blood clots and minimize bruising. You will be advised to go for a 30 minute walk immediately after the procedure. You can immediately resume most normal activities. Long distance travel is not permitted for 4 weeks after the procedure.
An ultrasound will be performed approximately 2 weeks after the procedure to exclude the very small risk of deep vein thrombosis.
Some patients may require subsequent treatment of residual varicosities with sclerotherapy. This is usually performed approximately 2-4 weeks after the RFA procedure.
If you have varicose veins and want to learn more about the best treatment options for your particular condition, our vein specialists at Vein Doctors Sydney are here to help.
Book an appointment or call us on (02) 9023 9970.
This consultation is the perfect way for you to learn about what we can do to help you become free of the pain and discomfort of your varicose veins. From start to finish a consultation takes about 45 minutes and the valuable information you will receive will enable you to make important healthcare decisions about your varicose veins.