Frequently asked questions about varicose veins

What is Superficial Venous Reflux?

Superficial venous reflux is a condition that develops when the valves that usually keep blood flowing out of your legs become damaged or diseased, causing blood to pool in your legs. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, leg heaviness and fatigue, as well as varicose veins in your legs.

What is Radiofrequency Ablation?

The “RF” procedure is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. A thin catheter is inserted into the vein through a small opening. The catheter delivers thermal energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse, and seal shut.

How does radiofrequency treat varicose veins?

Since valves can’t be repaired, the only alternative is to re-route blood flow through healthy veins. Traditionally, this has been done by surgically removing (stripping) the troublesome vein from your leg. The RF procedure provides a less invasive alternative to vein stripping by simply closing the diseased vein instead, allowing other healthy veins to take over and empty blood from your legs.

Is the closure procedure painful?

Although some people are more sensitive than others, patients generally report little to no pain and are up and walking almost immediately after the procedure. Most patients are able to carry on their normal daily activities and return to work the following day.