Radiofrequency Ablation

What is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation (RA) is one of the exciting new, minimally invasive techniques replacing the vein stripping procedure of the old days of varicose vein treatment. With RA, your provider uses a thin catheter to introduce heat via radiofrequency energy (as opposed to laser energy) into the diseased vein, causing it to close and permanently seal shut. Blood is naturally rerouted to healthier veins nearby, and the varicose vein is gradually reabsorbed by the body and disappears from view. RA is appropriate for use on the large veins of the leg, including the great saphenous vein.

Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency Ablation

What to Expect

During the procedure, you will be awake and comfortable. Local anesthetics are used along the length of the vein to be treated, and the catheter is inserted through a tiny incision in the skin. Once the radiofrequency energy is introduced, the vein closes, the catheter is withdrawn and the procedure is over. RA can be carried out right in our comfortable vein clinic in Houston on an outpatient basis, with no need to visit a hospital or experience lengthy recovery times. In fact, the procedure takes just 30-45 minutes, and you’ll be up and on your way shortly afterwards.

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Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency Ablation

After the Procedure

Your leg will be wrapped in an elastic bandage (compression stocking) for a few days, during which time you can continue with work and life as usual. Pain after the procedure is minimal. Then you’ll return for a brief follow-up visit to ensure the vein is completely sealed shut, and most of our patients are back to their full activity schedule within just a few days. RA is typically definitive, meaning no further treatments are needed. Our patients are generally delighted with the results, which are long-lasting and involve much less discomfort than previous vein treatment techniques. It is recommended that patients continue moving and walking as much as possible to allow for proper blood flow. There should be no scarring after the procedure, but it is not unusual to feel hard tender knots on the skin surface (with some redness) since it is a sign of the vein closing.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Patient Review

I went with my daughter who was having 3 veins repaired. The entire staff were very welcoming. I was allowed to stay with my daughter throughout the procedure. Each step was explained as the[…]

I went with my daughter who was having 3 veins repaired. The entire staff were very welcoming. I was allowed to stay with my daughter throughout the procedure. Each step was explained as the procedure took place. I was very impressed and felt comfortable with the whole process. What a caring group. I will not hesitate to go to them if I ever have issues with my veins. Thanks so much for taking care of my baby!

— Renee K. 05/24/2022

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I showed up on the wrong date for my six-week follow up appointment and instead of having me return, they were so gracious and fitted me in. Tasha, the ultrasound technician was so kind to a[…]

I showed up on the wrong date for my six-week follow up appointment and instead of having me return, they were so gracious and fitted me in. Tasha, the ultrasound technician was so kind to agree. My doctor is Dr. Johnson, who us wonderful but I also got to meet Dr. Rahao for the first time. He is one of the kindest doctors I have met. Hands down, I would recommend this facility over and over. The staff must be happy working there because it spills over to the patients.

— Juliet C.

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Can not express how thankful I am for finding Dr. Rao. Wish I would have found him 3 years ago. Three years of being in pain why had the many of doctors I went to before him not tell me that[…]

Can not express how thankful I am for finding Dr. Rao. Wish I would have found him 3 years ago. Three years of being in pain why had the many of doctors I went to before him not tell me that it could be a vein problem? So so thankful that I was recommended to him by a friend. His office staff in the Brenham office are all so professional and friendly and seem to really care about me. Thank you, Dr. Rao!!!!

— Tammy E.

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I highly recommend anyone suffering with varicose veins to come to Texas Vein & Wellness Institute. The staff is wonderful! 😃 made me feel calm and comfortable while I was being prepp[…]

I highly recommend anyone suffering with varicose veins to come to Texas Vein & Wellness Institute. The staff is wonderful! 😃 made me feel calm and comfortable while I was being prepped. Dr Johnson walked me step by step during the procedures. Everything came out great. Recovering and legs are feeling much better. Thank you

— Jesus J.

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Many thanks for your professionalism, kindness and care during my three surgeries in February and follow up visits. Your friendly and relaxed office helped make the vein removal surgery comf[…]

Many thanks for your professionalism, kindness and care during my three surgeries in February and follow up visits. Your friendly and relaxed office helped make the vein removal surgery comfortable. All the best to you and your kind staff in the future.

— K. H.

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