About the procedure
Radiofrequency ablation is a vein disease treatment that uses high-frequency electrical energy to heat up and destroy problem veins. The procedure involves inserting a small, flexible tube into a vein. Radiofrequency energy is then directed through the tube, which causes the vein to collapse and ultimately disappear.
Why it’s done
What to expect
Preparation: Your vein specialist will tell you how to prepare for radiofrequency ablation treatment.
During: Your doctor will use an ultrasound device to guide a small, thin tube into the target vein. Radiofrequency energy will then be delivered through the tube. This energy will heat up the vein wall and destroy it, after which the vein will disappear. The procedure usually takes less than an hour.
After: You should be able to resume your normal activities the day after radiofrequency ablation treatment. Your doctor may recommend that you avoid intense exercise or heavy lifting for about a week.
Getting the best vein care
Vein Clinics of Hawaii’s vein surgeons and vascular experts collaborate to give patients the best vein treatment possible. Your vein doctor will have the experience and expertise providing radiofrequency ablation treatment that is needed to ensure your experience is comfortable, safe, and effective.