Radiofrequency Ablation

Randall Juleff, MD, FACS -  - Cardiovascular Surgeon

Vein Clinics of Hawaii

Randall Juleff, MD, FACS

Cardiovascular Surgeon & Phlebologist located in Wailuku, HI & Lihue, HI

If varicose veins drive you to keep your legs covered, find a permanent solution with radiofrequency ablation at the Vein Clinics of Hawaii. With four different office locations in Lihue, Wailuku, Honolulu, and Kamuela, Hawaii, vein specialist Randall Juleff, MD, FACS, uses cutting-edge radiofrequency energy to eliminate your varicose veins and smooth the skin and appearance of your legs. To learn more about the procedure and book your initial consultation, go online or call the office today.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure to treat varicose veins that don’t require surgical incisions. Instead of cutting the veins out, as in traditional varicose vein surgery, a radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency energy to heat the vein, causing it to collapse.

This seals the vein, stopping blood from pooling or settling, which is what leads to the expansion that occurs with varicose veins. The blood that once ran through the vein naturally reroutes.

What happens during a radiofrequency ablation?

In most cases, Dr. Juleff performs radiofrequency ablation procedures in one of his four office locations. After administering local anesthesia, he places a catheter into the damaged vein. With the assistance of ultrasound guidance, he places it at the end of the faulty vein and administers 20 seconds of radiofrequency energy.

This energy jolt increases the temperature of your vein without causing damage to surrounding tissue. The temperature increase forces the vein to collapse, eliminating the varicose vein.

Dr. Juleff then moves the catheter, applying the radiofrequency energy across the entire length of your troublesome vein. Most procedures take less than an hour to complete.

What happens after a radiofrequency ablation vein treatment?

After your radiofrequency ablation treatment, Dr. Juleff may ask that you wear compression stockings or socks for a few days. This helps your legs and veins heal, as well as lowers the risk for complications.

The majority of patients at the Vein Clinics of Hawaii resume their normal activities the day after a radiofrequency ablation procedure. Depending on the scope of your procedure, Dr. Juleff may suggest waiting a week before engaging in any intense exercise or heavy lifting.

In addition to your ablation treatment, Dr. Juleff also develops a treatment plan to address your venous reflux, the underlying condition often responsible for varicose veins. He may discuss such things as:

  • Losing weight
  • Monitoring your hormone levels
  • Increasing exercise
  • Decreasing sodium in your diet
  • Reducing the time you spend standing

 

If you’re looking for a minimally invasive, nonsurgical fix for your varicose veins, call Dr. Juleff’s office today to schedule your initial consultation or go online to book your appointment.

*Individual results may vary.

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