What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is performed in-office and under ultrasound guidance. It is a minimally invasive procedure where the physician positions a catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin.

Candidates for Radiofrequency Ablation

Our Southwest Vein & Leg Center patients love these treatments to address their superficial venous system. They are minimally invasive procedures with virtually no recovery time. Just about anyone bothered by varicose veins can benefit from this procedure. The vein in question needs to be relatively straight.

Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure

A local anesthetic is administered around the vein and catheter to ensure closure, and protect surrounding tissues while alleviating pain during the treatment. The catheter delivers heat to the vein wall, causing it to shrink and the vein to be sealed. When the diseased vein is closed, the blood will reroute itself to other healthy veins. After the procedure, several small bandages are placed along the vein, and a compression sock is provided to be worn for 7 days following the procedure. Most patients can resume daily activities within a few days.

How Long Does Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment Take?

These treatments at Southwest Vein & Leg only take from 45 minutes to an hour. There is maybe a half-hour to an hour of time before and after for preparation and short recovery.

Side Effect of Radiofrequency Ablation

Complications are quite rare, but there is a possibility of deep vein thrombosis, as can occur in any procedure where a catheter is placed into a vein. Nerve damage to sensory surface veins is possible, but these nerves usually return to normal in a few weeks to a couple of months.

Is Radiofrequency Ablation Safe?

These treatments with our providers are safe and effective. When you compare the comfort and lack of recovery necessary with Radiofrequency ablation to the former method of vein stripping, there really isn’t any comparison. Radiofrequency energy uses lower temperatures than laser endovenous ablation, so patients are more comfortable. It’s a great treatment for varicose veins with success rates of over 95 percent for closing off and removing the vein.

What Is the Average Cost of Radiofrequency Ablation?

The cost of radiofrequency ablation at Southwest Leg & Vein Center varies depending on factors such as if you have vein disease and if the treatment is considered medically necessary or is only cosmetic. We work with your insurance company to try and get the maximum reimbursement possible. Once we know more about your unique situation, we can give you an idea of what your costs will be.


Call 817.235.0769 to schedule your screening and see how Southwest Vein and Leg Center’s Venous Reflux treatments can improve your health and quality of life.


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