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Radiofrequency Ablation

Endovenous Thermal Ablation can be accomplished with either radiofrequency heat or laser energy (EVLT).  Our most popular method is the the Covidien (Medtronic) ClosureFast™ radiofrequency catheter to eliminate the need for continuous pull-back of the energy source as in the case of laser ablation allowing for more controlled and repeatable radiofrequency ablation and consistent, reproducible delivery of energy.

Our extensive experience in catheter-based interventions allows us to treat smaller and tortuous veins that would normally not be treatable with this minimally invasive technique at other centers.   The procedure takes 30-45 min.  An anesthetic will be administered along the course of the vein which will render the procedure virtually painless (see video below).  Because only a small incision is needed to insert the catheter into the vein, there is no scarring and you will be able to return to your normal daily activities immediately. Following the procedure you will wear a compression stocking for 2 weeks to help ensure that the vein remains closed.  The expected efficacy rate is 93% at three years.

We do not use reprocessed catheters.