Find answers to commonly asked questions about Vascular Disease and the Treatments used to provide you with a better quality of life for years to come.
Is the Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) procedure painful?
Patients generally report little, if any, pain during and after the procedure.
How quickly can I resume normal activity?
Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure, and most patients resume normal activity within 1-2 days.
How soon after treatment will my symptoms improve?
Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within 1-2 weeks following the procedure.
Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the procedure?
Most patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising, or swelling following the Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation procedure.
How is Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation different from endovenous laser?
In the only head-to-head trial of its kind, Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation (RFA) showed statistical superiority over 980nm endovenous laser. Patients treated with the RFA experienced less pain, less bruising, fewer complications and realized quality of life improvement up to four times faster than those treated with endovenous laser ablation.
How is Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation different from vein stripping?
During vein stripping, incisions are made in the groin and calf, and a stripper tool is threaded through the diseased vein, to pull the vein out of the leg. With Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation, only one small incision is made at the insertion site and the vein is then closed and left in place. This minimally invasive approach virtually eliminates pain and bruising associated with vein stripping surgery.
Is Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation covered by insurance?
The Radiofrequency Thermal Ablation (RFA) procedure is covered by most health insurances for patients diagnosed with venous reflux.