Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Advanced Vein & Laser Center

Vascular Surgeons & Aesthetic Specialist

If you’re troubled by blue or purple gnarled varicose veins, you can have expert treatments to remove the veins and restore your vascular health. At Advanced Vein & Laser Center, which has locations in York and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Steven Heird, MD, FACS, and David Winand, MD, FACS, provide radiofrequency ablation services to close and seal varicose veins. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a mild electrical current to close and seal varicose veins. Dr. Heird and Dr. Winand use this procedure to remove varicose veins as well as reduce symptoms of venous insufficiency such as leg cramping, swelling, and numbness.

Radiofrequency ablation is an innovative alternative to traditional vein treatments such as ligation and vein stripping. The doctors use radiofrequency ablation to treat great saphenous veins and small saphenous veins. They may also combine radiofrequency ablation with other vein treatments for optimal effectiveness.

How does radiofrequency ablation remove varicose veins?

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation doesn’t technically remove a varicose vein. The procedure delivers radiofrequency energy to your damaged vein where it converts to heat. The heat causes your vein to collapse on itself and seal shut. Over the following weeks, the vein blanches as your blood drains away, then the empty vein is absorbed into your body.

In addition to getting rid of your varicose veins, your vascular health improves because your blood is forced to follow a more efficient route back to your heart.

What should I expect during radiofrequency ablation?

At AVLC, Dr. Heird and Dr. Winand provide radiofrequency ablation treatments as outpatient procedures with local anesthesia. Your doctor makes a small incision in your leg and then feeds a catheter through your vein until it reaches the damage.

Once the catheter is in place, your doctor feeds a wire through it and turns on the radiofrequency energy, delivering the electricity in 20-second pulses. The heat contracts the collagen in your vein, causing it to close. The doctor treats your vein in segments, slowly withdrawing the device from the vein.

Radiofrequency ablation is usually complete within an hour. Your doctor applies pressure and a bandage when the treatment is complete.

How should I take care of my legs after radiofrequency ablation treatment?

After your treatment is complete, you put on a pair of compression stockings and get up and walk around to encourage healthy circulation. You should wear compression stockings more or less continuously for two weeks following your treatment.

If you want to get rid of varicose veins and improve your vascular health, call AVLC or schedule an appointment online today to learn about your treatment options and how radiofrequency ablation can improve your health.