What is Radiofrequency Ablation and Endovenous Laser Ablation ?
Radiofrequency (RF) ablation has also been used as an alternative to surgical operation in the treatment of great saphenous vein insufficiency in the early 2000s, like the endovenous laser. Both laser and RF have been used in the non-surgical treatment of venous insufficiency in millions of patients all over the world since those years. And both methods have been scientifically proven in many studies that they are safe and successful and that they first close venous insufficient vessels and then completely absorbed
By the body over time. The way RF ablation is performed is like a laser. First, the venous insufficient vein is entered under ultrasound guidance and the RF catheter is placed at the beginning of the vein with the help of a guidewire. Then, by operating the RF device, the vein with venous insufficiency is destroyed by heat.
Just like a laser, RF ablation should be done under tumescent anaesthesia. Tumescent anaesthesia will ensure that the procedure is performed painlessly, will protect the surrounding tissues from RF, and will ensure that RF is more effective and safe in a bloodless environment by draining the blood inside the vessel to other vessels. After each application, the catheter is pulled up to the next section marked on it. Thus, continuous ablation therapy is applied throughout the varicose vein.
What are Some Common Uses of the Procedure?
Doctors may use this procedure for cosmetic purposes. However, it is more often used to help ease symptoms such as:
- aching or throbbing pain
- leg heaviness/fatigue
- skin irritation or sores (ulcers)
- skin discoloration
- painful swelling of the veins (phlebitis)
Understanding the Basics of Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are caused by leaky one-way valves inside of the veins. The leaky valves allow blood to pool in the veins and push against the walls, which may already be weak. As a result of the pooling and pressure, the veins enlarge, and what you see is blue bulging veins on your legs – varicose veins.
While not always a serious condition, they can be. You should talk to your doctor about treating your varicose veins if you’ve experienced:
- Leg swelling
- A burning or throbbing feeling in your legs
- A heaviness or discomfort in your legs
- A sore or ulcer that is not healing
- Problems with blood clots in your
There is good news, though. Varicose veins can be treated several different ways. Surgery is one option, or there are several minimally invasive alternatives to surgery that you may consider.
Here we’ll we will cover what you need to know about the treatment options known as radiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser ablation.
Varicose Vein Treatment Options & What You Need to Know
Before you decide on which treatment is right for you, you should know that you have some choices. Keep in mind that not all treatments will work for everyone with varicose veins. Surgery has been an option for years, but there are now minimally invasive options such as radiofrequency ablation and endovenous laser ablation, which are proven effective and safe as well
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