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 the procedure, local anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort. Our physicians then make a small incision and insert 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.
What are the side effects of Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
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.