What is RFA?
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally-invasive option for the treatment of varicose veins. It’s a treatment that uses heat energy to close veins. Unlike laser treatments, RFA uses radiofrequency energy to perform its tasks.
What does RFA treat?
RFA is used for many purposes throughout medicine, like shrinking the size of tumors and other growths in the body. RFA for veins targets superficial venous insufficiency, primarily varicose veins.
How does radiofrequency ablation work?
Radiofrequency ablation uses a small hollow needle with heat from radio waves applied to the interior of the problem veins. It’s a highly accurate procedure that will not cause damage to surrounding healthy veins. This creates damage on the inside of the vein, which will cause it to close, reducing its appearance as it is gradually absorbed into the body.
Why is radiofrequency ablation (RFA) done?
The goals of radiofrequency ablation are to:
- Close varicose veins
- Reduce the appearance of varicose veins
- Improve the function of healthy veins
What happens to veins after RFA?
Similarly to EVLA, radiofrequency ablation uses heat-based means to damage the vein, leading to the closure of the vein. Once this happens, the vein is gradually absorbed into the body entirely. It will disappear over time, returning the area to an improved appearance and promoting healthier blood flow.
RFA in Chicago
Radiofrequency ablation is available to patients in Chicago and Indiana with Chicago Vein Institute. Our professional, experienced doctors and staff are experts in RFA and many other minimally-invasive treatments for varicose veins and other issues arising from chronic venous insufficiency.
Chicago Vein Institute is a practice solely dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases. The experts at CVI perform the latest and most effective treatments for painful varicose veins, spider veins, and other vein-related disorders. CVI offers minimally invasive treatment options, including Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, Surface Sclerotherapy, Elastic Compression Stockings and wound care for venous ulcers, performing more than 11,000 vein-related procedures annually.