Little to no pain
Super fast recovery
Endovenous radiofrequency ablation of varicose veins is a procedure where a small catheter is inserted into the vein to deliver radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse, and seal shut.
The procedure is carried out totally under local anaesthesia and in few cases under general anaesthesia, if other complementary surgical treatment is necessary. It offers effective results with less pain, less bleeding and a shorter recovery period than traditional procedures.
- Discuss all treatment and alternative options.
- Conduct an overall health and physical examination of the legs.
- Mapping the vein, examine the legs with ultrasound and determine the location and state of the greater saphenous vein and other side tributaries.
- Administering local anaesthesia to the treatment site.
- Creating a small incision through the skin behind the knee and into the vein, using ultrasound guidance.
- Inserting catheter into greater saphenous vein.
- 20-second pulse of radiofrequency energy.
- After confirming with the imaging that the vein has been fully closed, withdraws the catheter.
- Checking with ultrasound to determine success of the procedure.
- Some bruising, discomfort and mild swelling are to be expected after the procedure.
- Minimise pain and swelling with pain medication and compression garments.
- You may resume normal activities, excluding immediate strenuous workouts.