Varicose Vein Treatments

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation is a minimally invasive way to remove unhealthy veins using energy from radio waves. With the help of duplex ultrasound scanning, a special tube directs currents of electromagnetic energy at the affected vein, generating the heat needed to close it

Illustration showing how Radiofrequency Ablation works at UK Vein Clinic

1) We administer local anaesthetic and insert the catheter. 2) We activate electrodes once the catheter is in place. 3) Radiofrequency heat from the electrodes starts to close the vein. 4) We slowly withdraw the catheter. 5) The vein is left closed and we bandage up the area.

All available evidence - including, for example, this study from the British Journal of Surgery - shows that this technique provides the best overall outcomes for patients: effective, non-invasive treatment, with none of the risks of other approaches. For this reason, thermal treatments like this are recognised by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence as the best option for varicose vein treatment

The technique is sometimes called Endovenous Radio Frequency Treatment (EVRT), Endovenous Radio Frequency Ablation (EVRF), or just Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)

What To Expect

Following your first consultation and a full duplex ultrasound scan, you’ll visit our London clinic again to have your veins treated

We’ll administer a local anaesthetic (one or two small injections to numb the area we’ll be treating) and a cooling agent to protect the tissue, before using a special tube ('catheter') to apply the radiofrequency heat that removes the veins

Once the procedure is complete, we’ll bandage the affected area to help prevent bruising and you can head home. We’ll then arrange a follow-up visit to check your veins are properly closed

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