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Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Louisiana Heart and Vascular

Interventional Cardiologists & Internal Medicine located in Covington, Mandeville, Hammond, Franklinton, and Slidell, LA

Radiofrequency ablation effectively treats large, unsightly varicose veins that cause pain and discomfort. At Louisiana Heart and Vascular, board-certified interventional cardiologist Farhad Aduli, MD, provides this outpatient procedure at offices in Covington and Mandeville, Louisiana. Call today or use this website to schedule an appointment and find out if this or another treatment can help you resolve uncomfortable and unattractive varicose veins.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is an advanced treatment for large varicose veins in the legs. Radiofrequency heat energy is applied to your varicose veins, sealing them off. The vein collapses and, over time, your body absorbs it into your system.

The puffiness and discoloration of varicose veins fade and your body directs your blood flow to healthier nearby veins. 

What should I expect during radiofrequency ablation treatment?

Dr. Aduli usually performs this procedure on an outpatient basis, meaning you go home the same day for recovery. He uses local anesthesia to reduce any discomfort associated with the treatment.

Dr. Aduli places a small needle into the varicose vein to apply the numbing agent. He then inserts a radiofrequency catheter — or small tube. You may feel some pressure and poking during this part of the procedure. 

The heat energy is delivered through the catheter, causing the vein walls to permanently close. 

The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour. You need to arrange for someone to drive you home for recovery.

How many radiofrequency ablation treatments do I need?

The providers at Louisiana Heart and Vascular customize your treatment plan according to the severity of your varicose veins. If you have larger veins and more extensive varicosity, you may require more than one session.

What are the benefits of radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins?

Compared to other, more invasive varicose vein treatments, radiofrequency ablation results in less trauma and requires minimal downtime. The procedure has fewer side effects than vein stripping or other forms of vein surgery. 

Radiofrequency ablation is safe, precise, and effective. You can return to work within a day, and the procedure is FDA-cleared. Many insurance plans cover the cost of treatment.

When will I see results from radiofrequency ablation treatment?

Following the procedure, you need to wear compression stockings for a week to reduce swelling and induce healing. Some discoloration may remain for a few weeks or months, but the veins eventually disappear, leaving you with smooth, clear skin.

To find out if radiofrequency ablation is right for you, call Louisiana Heart and Vascular today and set up an appointment at the location nearest you. You can also use the online tool to schedule your consultation.