Radiofrequency Ablation of the Veins

Venous insufficiency is a vein disease characterized by enlarged and swollen veins that have resulted from failing valves. Instead of the blood in the affected vein traveling to and from the heart as it is meant to do, it pools and causes the veins to swell. Historically, this condition could only be repaired by painful surgery, but advances in technology have given us treatment options that are minimally invasive, less painful, and allow the patient to return to normal activities much sooner; radio frequency vein ablation treatments are one such method.

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Performing the Procedure

Once you’ve been examined and diagnosed with venous insufficiency and the treatment options have been discussed, it may be decided that radiofrequency ablation treatment may be the course of treatment that works best for you. Radiofrequency venous ablation is a safe way of removing diseased veins with little pain. A local anesthetic is applied to the area and a tiny probe is injected into the region (barely the size of a pencil tip). Once the probe reaches the damaged vein, an energy current is directed to the spot and the vein is closed up. Over time, the sealed vein will absorb into your body with no ill side effects. Blood will naturally re-route itself to other healthier veins. Smaller veins may need follow up treatments of sclerotherapy, or in the case of severe insufficiency, multiple radio frequency vein ablation treatments may be needed.

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How Safe is Radio frequency Vein Ablation?

The use of a local anesthetic instead of a general one and the lack of an incision (the injection site will have an opening about the size of a freckle) mean complications rarely occur. Radio frequency vein ablation is one of the safest procedures performed today, and patients who have had the procedure performed on them will almost immediately be able to get back to their normal life schedule; as a matter of fact, the patient can walk out of the office immediately after treatment. Performed in office as an outpatient procedure, complications and side effects are minimal.

Does Insurance Coverage Radiofrequency Ablation of the Veins?

Because of the risk of severe underlying medical conditions, most vein disease treatments will be covered by your insurance carrier, with the exception of spider veins. Treatment of spider veins is considered a cosmetic procedure, and as such, very few insurance carriers will cover the treatment.

The St. Louis Laser Vein Center

Schedule your consultation with the St. Louis Laser Vein Center today and we will work together to create a treatment plan that is designed especially for you. Dr. Wright is the recipient of four Patient Choice Awards for a reason; he cares about his patients and ensures that a visit to his office is successful and as pleasant as it can be!