Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure in Kenai, AK
Understanding Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat swollen or varicose veins. This technique uses radiofrequency energy directed through a small tube to heat the walls of a vein, closing it off from blood flow. The procedure requires mild anesthetics or sedatives and can cure a swollen vein in as little as a week.
Is Radiofrequency Ablation Right For You?
Radiofrequency ablation can be an excellent solution for those seeking vein treatment for medical or cosmetic purposes. Ask your doctor if you are unsure whether radiofrequency ablation is an appropriate treatment option.
While radiofrequency ablation may be used for cosmetic reasons, it is important to learn whether your swollen or varicose veins pose any serious health risks. Below are some of the vein conditions radiofrequency ablation is commonly used to treat.
- Venous Reflux Disease: A progressive and debilitating illness occurring when veins in the leg weaken and become enlarged, preventing their valves from closing. This can disrupts the natural flow of blood through the body and often leads to leg pain and swelling of the veins.
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency: This disease occurs when veins in the leg have difficulty send or unable to send blood back toward the heart. This can lead to pooling of the blood near the legs.
How Radiofrequency Ablation Works
Before beginning radiofrequency ablation, the point of entry must be mapped so the catheter channeling the radiofrequency waves can be safely inserted. This is commonly done using a duplex ultrasound. You will then receive some form of anesthetic in the area of the vein.
A small catheter tube is then inserted into the vein. With the proper anesthetic, you should not feel any pain. Radiofrequency energy is then channeled through the catheter, heating it until the vein contracts, closing it off from the flow of blood. A second duplex ultrasound is often done to confirm that the vein has been successfully closed.
Compression stockings are often recommended for one week following the treatment. You should experience any difficulty moving or walking following the procedure. Side effects may include small burns on the skin, pain, burning or prickling sensations, and blood clots.
Applications of Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation is also a popular treatment options for those with chronic lower-back and neck pain, arthritis. Pain relief achieved through radiofrequency ablation often lasts for several months most people who've received treatment have reported positive results. “Endovenous laser ablation” (EVLA), “endovenous laser treatment (ELVT)”, and “endovenous laser ablation of the saphenous vein” (ELAS) are all very similar processes that stem from radiofrequency ablation. Request more information about radiofrequency ablation today.
Request more information about radiofrequency ablation for vein removal today. Call (907) 891-8775 or contact MediCenter online.
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