This is an endovenous treatment (meaning treating the vein on the inside). Radiofrequency Ablation is generally accepted to be associated with less pain and bruising than endovenous laser ablation. It is a gold standard form of treatment for large varicose veins in the legs, as the procedure requires no hospitalisation or time off work and is as effective as surgery.
All treatments will require a medical consultation. Like all medical procedures some risks do exist. The benefits and minor risks will be discussed during your first consultation before treatment with one of our doctors.
Benefits at a Glance
Can be performed at a clinic (no hospitalisation).
No general anaesthetic.
No time away from work usually.
Less pain and bruising than standard laser.
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A detailed ultrasound scan will be used to highlight leaking veins.
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Treatment (if necessary)
After local anaesthetic is applied a fiber is inserted into your varicose vein to seal it shut.
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After your scan at our clinic your leg will be cleaned before a tiny amount of anaesthetic is applied (using super fine needles).
Access to your faulty vein will then occur before the Radiofrequency Ablation fibre is inserted
After this a cool anaesthetic is then applied around your vein to protect surrounding tissue.
During the procedure the Radiofrequency Ablation fibre will be pulled back to seal the faulty vein. THERE IS NO PAIN WHEN THE RadioFrequency Ablation fibre IS BEING USED.
After the procedure you will be required to wear bandages/stockings for three days and walk half an hour a day. Long distance travel is not permitted for 4 weeks.
Your leg may feel number for six hours after the procedure but no effect on walking will occur.
A follow up appointment is required for all patients. At this appointment side veins may be treated with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy.
In this procedure the radiofrequency ablation fibre closes the vein wall and seals of the faulty vein. The closed vein eventually disappears as the body reabsorbs it over time.
How does blood get back to the heart if the vein is damaged?
Varicose veins do not pump blood effectively to the heart so they are not responsible for your circulation. In any case blood finds its way to the heart using other veins (everyone has billions of veins).
No preparation is required before the procedure. Please make sure you have breakfast if you are having the procedure performed in the morning.
Yes you can drive after the procedure if you have not requested any Valium however no long distance travel > 5 hours is recommended. If this is necessary you are required to have an injection of Clexane.
All patients must wear stockings overnight and for up to 3 days.
All patients must have a review scan after the procedure between 1-2 weeks from the date of treatment.
Rare: Soreness or phlebitis which usually settles with Nurofen.
Very Rare: DVT/PE. An extremely rare complication which will require the use of Clexane.
Extremely rare: Nerve damage.