Vein Center


RFA /Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation

Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive treatment which uses radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy the abnormal superficial veins. Endovenous Radiofrequency ablation is an ultrasound guided procedure that uses directed heat to close the abnormal veins. This endovascular procedure has revolutionized the treatment of varicose veins. It usually takes approximately one hour to perform and normal activities can be resumed after the procedure.

What is endovenous radiofrequency Ablation/Occlusion?
Endovenous Radiofrequency occlusion is a minimally invasive procedure which is performed at the HHS Vein Center on an out-patient basis. It is performed with local anesthesia and a mild sedative. The area is cleaned, and a local anesthetic is injected into the skin above the vein to be treated. A small catheter is threaded in the vein under direct ultrasound guidance injecting local anesthetic along the way for patient comfort. Energy waves are used to heat and collapse the vein. The collapsed vein results in a thin scar which is eventually absorbed by the body.

What is the recovery like after radiofrequency occlusion?
Immediately following your radiofrequency ablation, compression stockings are applied and you will be able to ambulate and resume normal activities. Heavy lifting should be avoided for several days afterward.

What are the benefits of radiofrequency occlusion over other similar treatments?
Radiofrequency Ablation offers excellent results treating large superficial varicose veins. This procedure is performed on an out-patient basis in the HHS Vein Center. RFA offers a short to immediate recovery period with little to no-downtime. 

What are the possible complications or side effects of radiofrequency occlusion?
Minimal risks are associated with Radiofrequency Ablation procedures. The risks are similar to any medical procedure where bleeding may occur.  Risks are reduced in comparison to traditional vein stripping.

Do insurance carriers provide coverage for radiofrequency occlusion treatments?
Most Insurance companies often cover the cost of treatment in part and or in full based on medical necessity. Our Vein Center patient liaison will work closely with you on any insurance coverage issues.  


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Vein Center
Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
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Melrose, MA 02176
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