Varicose veins are a common condition that affect millions of people worldwide. While there are many treatment options available, radio frequency ablation (RFA) is a safe and effective procedure that can be used to treat varicose veins.
RFA is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat to destroy the problematic veins. The heat is delivered through a small needle that is inserted into the vein. RFA is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and takes less than an hour to complete.
RF ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. Veins carry blood from different parts of the body back to the heart. The veins that are near the surface of the skin, called superficial veins, are the ones that usually become varicose.
Varicose veins are caused by a malfunction in the valves inside the veins. This allows blood to flow in the wrong direction and causes the veins to swell and become twisted. RF ablation uses radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy the vein. The heat is delivered through a tiny probe that is inserted into the vein.
Many insurance companies cover the costs of radiofrequency ablation, either in part or in full. This coverage is offered by major health insurers. RFA is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat various conditions, and it has been covered by major health insurers.
RFA is performed as an outpatient procedure, so you can go home on the same day (unless there are unforeseen complications or emergencies). The actual procedure could take place at a facility connected to the hospital, a surgical center, or even your doctor’s office, depending on your individual circumstances.
Before The Procedure
Your RFA procedure will take place in a doctor’s office or outpatient setting. You may receive medicine to help you relax, in addition to numbing the area. Be prepared to stay home and rest for the remainder of the day after the procedure is over. That may involve finding someone who is available to help you out with child care or other duties that day if needed.
During The Procedure
The area around the vein will be numbed and you will be given a sedative, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. Tingling or other similar sensations are possible.
You can expect the following steps:
After The Procedure
After the RFA procedure, you will be transferred to a recovery room where you will be monitored for the next 15 minutes to an hour. This will involve a nurse checking your blood pressure and vital signs until the doctor clears you to leave.
The medical team will also want to make sure that there are no allergic reactions or other medical episodes. Please note that the procedure site may still feel sore or numb, and you may also feel some pain.
Depending on your condition when you arrive at the hospital, you may be offered a clear beverage or saltine crackers to help stabilize your blood sugar levels. Once you are stabilized, a nurse will provide you with discharge instructions that outline when you may eat and resume normal activities and medications.
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