Radiofrequency Ablation

Similar to laser ablation, radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive varicose vein treatment procedure. The difference is the use of radiofrequency energy (electricity) to heat, collapse and seal off the targeted blood vessels instead of heat produce by a laser. Watch the video below to see an example:


Is there a difference in the success rate between radiofrequency ablation and laser treatment?

The most recent study showed radiofrequency ablation to have a success rate of 94.5% [1], which is similar to endovenous laser treatment. But it is still a young technology. Only time will tell if it will be truly different than laser treatment in getting rid of varicose veins in the long term.

What are the advantages of radiofrequency ablation versus laser ablation?

In one randomized study comparing radiofrequency ablation and laser ablation, most patients had less pain in the days and weeks following their treatment with radiofrequency ablation. Radiofrequency ablation also resulted in fewer minor complications and a better quality of life for the patient. [2]

What is the cost of radiofrequency ablation?

Like all new technologies, radiofrequency treatments are more expensive than traditional treatments like surgery and sclerotherapy. If price is an important factor for you, know there are no significant differences between the quality of life of patient who had stripping vs those who had radiofrequency ablation. [3]

Since recurrence rates are where high when it comes to varicose veins, the key to getting rid of varicose veins for life is to learn how to prevent new ones. To learn how, read: How to get rid of varicose veins naturally.

Learn more about the different varicose vein treatments:

Marc Livingston

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