Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is one of the 2 Medicare Approved “Minimally Invasive” techniques for the treatment of major veins, previously treated by “stripping” surgery.
As with Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), RFA relies on thermal (heat based) damage to the vein, that leads to immediate closure of the vein. Once the vein is treated by RF Ablation, it will gradually undergo complete absorption by the body and disappear over time.
The published success of Radiofrequency Ablation treatment is between 95-98%, with far fewer complications than surgery. Due to the lower temperatures utilised to heat the affected vein, post RFA discomfort is much less than that experienced with Endovenous Laser Ablation. In our experience, a significantly less number of patients complain of discomfort and pain following treatment with RF Ablation.