For patients experiencing varicose veins that are swollen and painful, the option of radiofrequency ablation offers relief, without a long recovery time.
Guthrie vascular specialists can perform ablation in the provider's office. It’s a safe procedure that does not require anesthesia, although sedation is available for special needs patients. The site of the varicose vein at the knee is numbed and an IV is inserted into the vein. A thin catheter tipped with a round, 10-cm long radiofrequency probe is introduced into the IV and advanced up the vein into the thigh. Under ultrasound guidance, the probe delivers radiofrequency energy to warm and collapse the vein. The procedure takes minutes. Following treatment, patients are required to wear a compression bandage for two weeks. No bed rest is required, but patients are asked to refrain from heavy lifting and vigorous exercise for two weeks. Any mild discomfort that occurs can be treated with over-the-counter analgesics.
Asymptomatic patients may request vein ablation for cosmetic reasons. Most insurances will not cover a cosmetic procedure, making the fact that Guthrie can offer the procedure in-office more cost-effective for those paying out-of-pocket. For more information or to make a referral, call 570-887-2848.