Learn How Radiofrequency Occlusion Treats Varicose Veins

Updated on: August 18, 2014

Patients in the New York, New York area who are experiencing varicose veins often feel pain and discomfort in the legs as a result of the condition. Many also feel embarrassed by the unsightliness of the bulging and swollen veins present with the condition; this is caused by inefficient valves that allow blood to flow backwards in the vein, which results in pooling. The condition affects a good deal of the adult population, and many seek treatment to find relief. Radiofrequency occlusion is minimally-invasive and is performed in a short amount of time in a doctor's office or vein clinic.

Radiofrequency occlusion begins with the cleaning of the treatment area, and then the application of a local anesthetic to provide patient comfort throughout treatment. This is in contrast to the general anesthetic required with more traditional surgical procedures. The local anesthetic reduces the invasiveness of the procedure, as well as the recovery time required afterwards. A small tube or catheter is then inserted along the problem vein using ultrasound for guidance. With the vein canalized, sound waves are applied to heat the vein so it collapses from the top down. Over time, the vein will become a scar tissue and is absorbed by the body.

After radiofrequency occlusion, a compression bandage is placed on the vein to help the healing process. A couple of days later, the bandage is removed and the patient is told to wear compression stockings to continue to aid the healing process. After the procedure, patients will sit through a short recovery period in the doctor's office and then be encouraged to walk shortly after. This may also help the recovery process. Most are able to resume normal activities and return to work after only a few days, but should avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities and should wear compression stockings.

Patients should talk with their New York vein specialist regarding potential side effects and complications of the procedure before undergoing treatment. These might include a chance of bleeding and infection, which is common with most procedures but the minimally-invasive nature of radiofrequency occlusion reduces this chance compared to traditional surgical procedures. One of the unique potential side effects with radiofrequency occlusion is skin burn because of the method of occlusion used to destroy the varicose veins and provide the patient with relief from the condition. 

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