Millions suffer from varicose veins, often living with them without seeking treatment. While some varicose veins do not necessarily interfere with your life, others can affect a person’s health and well-being.
You don’t have to deal with varicose veins. Treatments have come a long way, including radiofrequency ablation.
RFA is a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins with little downtime and recovery. If you’re interested in finding out how radiofrequency ablation may be right for treating your varicose veins, Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center is eager to speak with you.
RFA Procedure Overview: What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure used to treat many different conditions, including tumors and chronic pain. Among its many uses, RFA is also a minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment.
Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and twisted due to the collection of blood. Any superficial vein, or a vein close to the skin’s surface, can become a varicose vein; however, varicose veins most frequently occur in the legs. This is because of the pressure on the veins in the lower body caused by walking and standing.
Varicose veins may simply be a cosmetic concern, but for many people, varicose veins can cause discomfort or result in complications. Untreated varicose veins can also develop into chronic venous insufficiency, a serious condition.
Therefore, many patients suffering from varicose veins seek treatment to help eliminate them and potential complications.
Radiofrequency ablation uses heat to damage the tissue, causing the vein to close. RFA is an effective treatment for varicose veins for both cosmetic and medical reasons.
How Is the RFA Procedure Performed?
To treat varicose veins with radiofrequency ablation, a small catheter is inserted into the target vein. Electrical current passes through the catheter into the vein, producing heat. The heat closes off the vein, stopping blood flow.
Once the vein is destroyed, it is absorbed into the surrounding tissue. Blood is redirected and begins to flow through other healthy veins.
During your procedure, we use ultrasound to ensure proper and accurate insertion of the catheter into the affected vein through a small incision. We’ll provide a local anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable for you.
Once the catheter is in the right place, we’ll begin heating the vein. We’ll begin moving the catheter backward, working through the vein. After the procedure is done, we’ll remove the catheter, apply light pressure on the incision, and bandage the area.
What to Expect After Your RFA Treatment
Because the radiofrequency ablation treatment is minimally invasive, recovery is relatively easy. You may return to your regular, everyday activities soon after your procedure.
After the RFA procedure, we may advise you to:
- Wear compression socks to promote healing
- Elevate your legs frequently
- Walk throughout the day to encourage blood flow
- Avoid exercise or heavy lifting for a few days after your procedure
- Avoid traveling by plane right after your treatment
Results inside the vein can be seen through ultrasound right after the procedure, but visually, you may begin to see results after about a week. Your results will continue to progress in the weeks and months after your treatment, as you’ll notice the vein slowly disappear.
Should you have any questions regarding healing, recovery, and results, we’re here to provide the support you need.
Candidates for Radiofrequency Ablation of Varicose Veins
Candidates should be in good health before getting a radiofrequency ablation procedure. We can review your medical history and ensure you have good blood flow to determine whether RFA would be a good method for treating your varicose veins.
Benefits of RFA
There are several benefits to treating varicose veins with radiofrequency ablation. Some of the most significant benefits of this treatment include the following:
- It is minimally invasive
- The procedure itself is quick
- It may be covered by insurance
- Recovery is generally easy with little downtime
- Patients are typically satisfied with the results
We’re happy to sit down with you and discuss how radiofrequency ablation could benefit you and provide the results you seek.
How Many RFA Treatments Do You Need?
Generally, you only need one radiofrequency ablation procedure to take care of a varicose vein. If you have multiple veins that need treatment, we may schedule you for different appointments to take care of additional veins.
Are the Results of Radiofrequency Ablation on Varicose Veins Permanent?
Yes, the results of this kind of varicose vein treatment are permanent. This is because once the procedure is performed and the vein is destroyed, it is absorbed into the body, meaning it cannot return.
This is one of the primary reasons many patients choose radiofrequency ablation to treat varicose veins. It is a quick procedure, but results can last a lifetime.
Consider RFA Treatment for Your Varicose Veins
Not only do the physical results of radiofrequency ablation speak for themselves, but the proof is in the numbers.
Statistics show that 97 out of 100 patients who undergo RFA experience successful results. Additionally, the long-term results of radiofrequency ablation are positive, with patient success rates remaining at 90-95% five years after treatment.
If you still have questions and concerns regarding RFA varicose vein treatment, we’ll do our best to address each one and give you peace of mind.
Find Out Whether RFA May Be Right for You
Varicose vein treatment has come a long way. Among the different treatments for varicose veins, radiofrequency ablation is one of the most beneficial.
If varicose veins are interfering with your life, we want to help. We encourage our Los Angeles, CA, patients to schedule a consultation. At Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center, we look forward to getting to know you and creating your treatment plan.
by Fred Herdt
Category: vein treatments
Ok so I know I left a review before, but I’m at the gym working out right now and I see my legs in the mirror, particularly the right leg, and all I can say is DAMN, MY LEG LOOKS SO GREAT! And all that vascular pain from standing and working behind a salon chair is GONE!!! Thank you again Dr. Raymond and everyone at Beach Cities Vein and Vascular Center! I’m so happy with everything you did and it was worth every penny. To me, you did the impossible, and I’m so not kidding. I had been to two other vein “specialists” over the last 15 years they didn’t even come close to what Dr. Raymond could do. So again thank you!
Category: vein treatments
My experience with Beach Cities Vein & Láser center was Outstanding. I got the results I wanted with my varicoise veins treatment. Dr. Rayman and Marisa were both professional, excellent , and caring . The office staff was always helpful and courteous. I would highly recommend Beach Cities Vein & Láser Center .
Look No Further than Doctor Rayman!
Category: vein treatments
At age 29, I had a growing varicose vein on my ankle that made me feel so insecure and like everyone was looking at my “monster vein” (lol). I was about to turn 30 in a few months so I started looking up places to help me get rid of my unsightly vein. When I found this site online I immediately made an appointment. I was excited, but also very nervous as I have never had any sort of medical procedure before. However, once i got to the office everyone is SO kind and quick to answer any questions, I felt like I really made the right choice with Dr. Rayman. Marlene was with me through a lot of my appointments, doing my ultrasounds and pictures-she does a great job and is so sweet! Dr. Rayman is one of the nicest doctors I have met. He immediately made me feel comfortable not only due to his extensive knowledge but also due to the fact that he really cared about me, my issue and how to fix it. We went with the Endovenous Laser Treatment to treat the core problem of my “monster vein”. The procedure itself was relatively quick and definitely painless as my leg was completely numb! For me, as someone who gets grossed out easily, it was a mental game of not thinking too much about the procedure as it was happening lol! My mom was allowed to be in the room with me, I got to pick my favorite music, and honestly we all chatted the whole time. I went back for my second procedure, which was the injections into my soon-to-be-gone monster vein. This was also pretty painless for me besides some mild burning sensations initially after the injections. I wore the compression socks as directed and personally had no trouble with them. I had a little bit of a numb sensation where we did the EVLT, but that faded with time and I feel totally normal again. I just went back for 6 month check up appointment, and my monster vein is gone!!! I’m so incredibly happy with the results. Dr. Rayman and his team are so good at what they do, so kind, and SO WORTH IT. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
by Katherine O'Connor
Category: vein treatments
I had a wonderful experience at Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center. Everyone has a smile on their face and makes you feel welcome. I am so happy with the results. I highly recommend Dr. Rayman and his excellent team! Thank you for taking such great care of me!
Dr. Rayman, thank you for doing what you do!!!!
by Grace S.
Category: vein treatments
YOUR SEARCH IS OVER! This review will be helpful to those who have delayed doing something about their varicose veins because of fear. If you are scared of needles, traumatized from past surgical procedures, and burdened by years of daily reminders of having painful, bothersome, and tired legs due to varicose veins, you do not need to worry anymore, nor do you need to suffer any longer from the physical and emotional pains that come with varicose veins thanks to Dr. Rayman and his exceptional medical practice. A bit of background: I had surgery 8 years ago by a surgeon to address varicose veins in my right leg -- a "real" surgery in a hospital operating room, with full general anesthesia. Not only were the surgery and its after effects painful and long lasting (including nerve damage), even more varicose veins started popping up about a couple years later. Due to that bad experience, I decided I would NEVER do anything about my varicose veins again, and that I was destined to live with the pain, discomfort, and ugliness. Fast forward 8 years, and the discomfort/pain, heaviness/throbbing, etc. were really getting to be a daily issue. Even people were coming up to me asking if my legs were hurting, because they looked like they felt! So I decided to do my due diligence and started to do a lot of research online (medical conditions, procedures, and various doctors). Thanks to Yelp, I found Dr. Rayman!! Being a bit gun shy, I called his office twice with tons of questions, and then proceeded to see him for TWO consultations (with my notepad full of questions). Each time, and with every interaction I had with him and his staff , I felt more and more at ease. Dr. Rayman showed me with the ultrasound exactly what my veins were doing and not doing. (And low and behold, the vein that was supposedly tied off 8 years ago was still there, bad as ever.) He and each one of his staff received me and my zillion questions with such respect, patience, compassion, and professionalism. Three weeks after my consultations, I had my radiofrequency ablation (RFA) done! Dr. Rayman and his staff are great, but I think they are able to show their personal best when actually performing the procedure -- during the procedure, there was wonderful bedside manner, nice music playing, excellent communication between doctor and patient and assistants, and obvious skill and confidence. Being embarrassingly afraid of needles, I must say it was really fine! I wanted to hug him when it was over, he was that great and showed that much care! I also appreciate his practical tips on how to distract myself when he was administering the numbing medication!! And considering it's just 3 days after my procedure and I've already made my appointment for Dr. Rayman to do my left leg (same condition), you've got to know that I'm completely satisfied, comfortable, and grateful. I told him, "Dr. Rayman, thank you for doing what you do!!!!"
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