What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure to treat varicose veins. It uses heat created from radiofrequency (RF). It is also used by an Electrophysiologist to track abnormal cardiac arrhythmias.
Varicose veins are swollen, enlarged veins. They happen most often in the legs. Varicose veins can develop when valves in your veins become damaged. This causes problems with blood flow. Over time, too much blood collects in your veins. The veins may bulge, twist, and stand out under your skin. They can also cause symptoms such as aching, cramping, or swelling in your legs.
During RFA treatment, RF heat is sent into your vein through a thin, flexible tube (catheter). This closes off blood flow in the main problem vein.
What does it involve?
Initially you will have an ultrasound to map the veins and determine if you have venous reflux disease. If appropriate, The Heart Institute of East Texas can perform a procedure to correct this problem. This procedure is minimally invasive and can be done as an outpatient at our vein and leg pain center. These are done as outpatient, you will walk in and walk out same day, and you are able to go about your regular daily activities afterward. The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes, but plan to be at the office for about 2 hours for the check-in, pre-procedure, and post-procedure. Your Cardiologist will discuss this procedure and if you are a candidate at your initial visit.
Why do I need it?
If you have varicose veins and symptoms such as swelling in your legs with a heavy feeling, pain, numbness or tingling, itching, restless legs, poor or non-healing wounds to your legs, or skin changes such as discoloration this procedure may help to alleviate those symptoms.