Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a highly effective minimally invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to treat venous disease. The professionals at Advanced Vein Therapy are thoroughly trained in this procedure and can treat patients in the comfort of our Boise, Idaho office.
What to expect during your Radiolfrequency Ablation (RFA) visit
- The Visit: During the procedure, local anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort. Our specialist then makes a small incision and inserts a tiny catheter that delivers bursts of energy through the vein. These bursts of energy cause the collagen in the vein walls to contract, so they collapse and seal. Over time, blood reroutes to healthy veins, and you regain healthy looking and feeling legs.
- Pain Management: A local anesthetic is administered to reduce any discomfort you might feel during your procedure. Some patients may experience a slight pinching sensation at the injection site. An additional anesthetic may be given around the vein to minimize discomfort if needed. There may be some aching, tenderness, and bruising after the treatment is done, which can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication.
- Aftercare: Though most patients report few side effects, you may experience tenderness, bruising, and mild swelling after the procedure. You may also notice slight pulling sensations caused by the vein shrinking. Over the counter medications can help ease discomfort. Before you leave our office, your compression stockings will be put back on, and your leg will be wrapped, and you will be encouraged to walk. You will be able to return to regular activities slowly and more intense activities, such as sports and heavy lifting, after two weeks. After treatment, patients are asked to drink plenty of water to hydrate the veins around the affected area. Walking is encouraged, and you can resume sports activities and heavy lifting after two weeks. Work and sexual activity can continue when you feel comfortable, and you should avoid driving long distances or flying for the first week. If travel is necessary, elevate the leg as much as possible and wear compression stockings.