Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Douglas Vascular Center

Vascular Surgeons & Venous Specialists located in Douglas, GA

Large, twisted varicose veins are unsightly and impede healthy circulation. Whether you want to improve the symptoms or appearance of varicose veins, the team of vascular surgeons and vein specialists led by William H. Davis, MD, FACS, at Douglas Vascular Center in Douglas, Georgia, may recommend minimally invasive radiofrequency (RF) ablation with ClosureFast™, or Venclose™ as an alternative to surgery or for veins that can’t be treated with sclerotherapy. To find out if RF ablation is right for you, contact the team by phone or use the online form.

Radiofrequency Ablation

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that uses the power of RF energy to shut down malfunctioning veins so that your circulation can reroute itself to healthier veins. RF ablation has a 98% success rate. Your Douglas Vascular Center vein expert may recommend RF ablation if you have large varicose veins or suffer from venous insufficiency and symptoms such as leg swelling or pain.

Is radiofrequency ablation safe?

A ClosureFast or Venclose RF ablation treatment is an effective and safe way to permanently remove varicose veins and improve the health and appearance of your legs. If you have a personal history or family history of blood clots, your doctor conducts a special evaluation of your veins to be sure RF ablation is safe for you.

How does RF ablation work?

Your doctor inserts a thin, flexible catheter containing an RF fiber into your varicose vein. The insertion point is so small that you don’t need a single stitch afterward.

The catheter conducts RF energy into your vein, heating up the vein walls. The heat collapses the vein, cutting off blood to your varicose vein so that your blood flows into healthier veins. Your provider then removes the catheter.

What are the advantages of RF ablation?

Compared to surgery, RF ablation is less risky and works just as well at removing unwanted veins and resolving symptoms. You don’t need general anesthesia, and the procedure is performed in the comfort and safety of Douglas Vascular Center, not a hospital. You return to most normal activities by the next day.

Unlike sclerotherapy, RF ablation effectively treats large varicose veins with a diameter of 6 millimeters (nearly a quarter of an inch) or more. The risk for infection or other complications with RF ablation is extremely low.

What happens when I get RF ablation?

Your doctor first maps out ideal treatment areas with ultrasound. They then inject the vein with a local anesthetic. After inserting the RF fiber and collapsing your vein, they remove the catheter and encourage you to walk immediately.

How long does RF ablation last?

Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution to varicose veins in every patient. The advantage of RF ablation is that it is at least as effective as vein stripping and considerably less painful. If you have risk factors for varicose veins, you could develop new ones over time. Your Douglas Vascular Center vein expert recommends adopting lifestyle changes such as:

  • Being more active
  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Taking breaks from sitting or standing for prolonged periods
  • There are also supplements and some medications that can help many patients

To banish your varicose veins with RF ablation, contact the Douglas Vascular Center team by calling or using the online form.