When should radiofrequency occlusion be performed over ELA?

Radiofrequency Occlusion . 4 answers . 5 years ago

Radiofrequency occlusion and endovenous laser ablation sound almost the same. What are the differences and when should one be used over the other?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS


5 years ago by VeinSolutions - Edina

These two procedures are very similar. The technology is just slightly different. EVLT uses a laser, where VNUS Closure uses radiofrequency. Ultimately, they achieve the same outcome. At our practice, we have chosen to use VNUS Closure because it seems to cause less brusing, swelling and discomfort for the patient in the first few days after the
procedure.

5 years ago by VeinSolutions - Edina (View Profile)

These two procedures are very similar. The technology is just slightly different. EVLT uses a laser, where VNUS Closure uses radiofrequency. Ultimately, they achieve the same outcome. At our practice, we have chosen to use VNUS Closure because it seems to cause less brusing, swelling and discomfort for the patient in the first few days after the
procedure.


5 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD

They are essentially the same. They both generate heat energy to ablate the vein. In the end it is physician preference. My preference is radio-frequency because the clinical results are the same, but radio-frequency has been shown to have less post-procedure pain and
bruising compared to laser ablation.

5 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD (View Profile)

They are essentially the same. They both generate heat energy to ablate the vein. In the end it is physician preference. My preference is radio-frequency because the clinical results are the same, but radio-frequency has been shown to have less post-procedure pain and
bruising compared to laser ablation.


5 years ago by Miller Vein

The only difference is the type of energy. Both effectively treat the cause of venous insufficiency. When comparing the latest generation of both devices, there is no significant difference in outcomes.

5 years ago by Miller Vein (View Profile)

The only difference is the type of energy. Both effectively treat the cause of venous insufficiency. When comparing the latest generation of both devices, there is no significant difference in outcomes.


4 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Both are essentially the same procedure except that RF uses radiofrequency and EVLT uses laser light. I have not seen any significant differences in post op pain or bruising between the two and my personal preference is for laser treatment.

4 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Both are essentially the same procedure except that RF uses radiofrequency and EVLT uses laser light. I have not seen any significant differences in post op pain or bruising between the two and my personal preference is for laser treatment.


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