Radiofrequency Ablation For Varicose Veins

Radiofrequency vein ablation is a procedure that uses thermal heat to minimize varicose veins by closing affected areas. The experienced medical team at Comprehensive Vein Care provides this treatment as an outpatient procedure in a comfortable, professional environment. Once the treatment is done, patients can return immediately to their lifestyle with little to no discomfort or recovery time.

What’s Involved In The Treatment?

First, the doctor maps out areas of veins that need addressing based on ultrasound images. Once the procedure is planned, local anesthetic is used to numb affected areas and a radiofrequency fiber is inserted through a tiny pinhole in the skin. That fiber is used to heat the areas where therapy is required. You typically won’t feel anything during the procedure due to the local anesthesia and the skill of our providers.

Our dedicated team has performed many of these procedures, and patients tend to feel immediate relief. The procedure itself has an impressive 98 percent success rate overall, and patients like that it doesn’t require general anesthesia.

Doctor Assessing Vein Health in Leg
Process of Radiofrequency Vein Ablation for Varicose Veins

Radiofrequency Vein Ablation Versus Laser Treatment

One major benefit of RF ablation over treatment with a laser is that the former is typically more gentle on the body. The experienced doctors at Comprehensive Vein Care are able to pinpoint the heat to close specific veins without excessively heating nearby areas. You don’t get that same benefit with laser treatment.  Because of that, bruising and soreness can be common after effects of laser treatments. Patients may have more recovery time because of this after laser treatment. You may have to wear some compression hose for a short time following the RF ablation treatment, but you can immediately go about regular tasks.

Contact Us For More Information

Call our office at 732-662-7933 or contact us online to find out more about radiofrequency vein ablation and if you are a candidate for this procedure. Our experienced medical staff help you understand the procedure and weigh the benefits and risks to make an educated decision about treating your veins. We can also help you understand if treatment of your veins might be covered by your medical insurance policy.

Woman Receiving Radiofrequency Vein Ablation for Legs


If you are considering Radiofrequency Ablation for varicose vein treatment in Middlesex County, NJ, browse the information in our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions or are ready to schedule a consultation to determine your best course of treatment for your varicose veins, give us a call at 732-917-0247

Book a consultation with one of our vein treatment experts to determine whether оr not Radiofrequency Ablation is the right course of treatment for your particular needs and your medical history. Typically, the best candidates are those who have particularly large and swollen varicose veins.

Patients with any of the following symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency and have tried compression therapy are good candidates for Radiofrequency Ablation: venous ulcers, bleeding varicose veins, painful bulging varicose veins, swollen legs, aching legs, nighttime leg cramps and/or restless leg syndrome.

Pregnant women are not recommended for vein treatment procedures, as many women experience relief of vein conditions naturally post-partum.

Your doctor wіll weigh the potential bеnеfіtѕ and risks bаѕеd оn your personal medial history and help you determine whether this or a different, minimally-invasive treatment is right for you.

Radiofrequency Ablation has a 98% success rate in general. This is considered a very safe, effective treatment for painful, swollen varicose veins.
The actual procedure will take place in one of our New Jersey outpatient vein treatment clinics: Monroe or Edison, NJ.  Your doctor will use an ultrasound to map out the veins that will require treatment. The area of insertion will be numbed with a local anesthesia injection. During the procedure itself, a radiofrequency fiber is inserted through a tiny entry point. Radiofrequency energy is delivered through the fiber to seal the faulty vein. Patients can feel immediate relief with 98% success rate, and are encouraged to resume walking immediately after completion of the treatment. There is no recovery period or downtime with radiofrequency ablation.
There is usually little to no downtime involved with Radiofrequency Ablation treatment. You’ll be able to leave the clinic immediately after treatment and resume your normal daily activities. Post-treatment, patients are encouraged to resume walking and other normal activities right away (except for swimming and otherwise getting the treated leg wet for sustained periods of time.) We also ask patients to avoid heavy exercise and anything that could cause trauma to the legs for a few days following treatment.  You will be required to wear compression stockings for up to two weeks after treatment.
The most common side effects seen with Radiofrequency Ablation are leg pain or discomfort or injection site bruising or pain.  Additional potential side effects include blood clots in the leg veins, bleeding, injection site infection, nerve damage, irritation or burning of your skin.
Typically treatment of vein disease and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (the types of medical problems usually treated with Radiofrequency Ablation) is typically covered. Cosmetic procedures, such as the treatment of spider veins for purely aesthetic reasons, are not covered by medical insurance.

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