Radiofrequency Ablation is a minimally invasive way to remove unhealthy veins using energy from radio waves. With the help of duplex ultrasound scanning, a special tube directs currents of electromagnetic energy at the affected vein, generating the heat needed to close it.
All available evidence - including, for example, this study from the British Journal of Surgery - shows that this technique provides the best overall outcomes for patients: effective, non-invasive treatment, with none of the risks of other approaches. For this reason, thermal treatments like this are recognised by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence as the best option for varicose vein treatment.
The technique is sometimes called Endovenous Radio Frequency Treatment (EVRT), Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (EVRF), or just Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA).
Following your first consultation and a full duplex ultrasound scan, you’ll visit our London clinic again to have your veins treated.
We’ll administer a local anaesthetic (one or two small injections to numb the area we’ll be treating) and a cooling agent to protect the tissue, before using a special tube ('catheter') to apply the radiofrequency heat that removes the veins.
Once the procedure is complete, we’ll bandage the affected area to help prevent bruising and you can head home. We’ll then arrange a follow-up visit to check your veins are properly closed.
Discuss your treatment options with a specialist advisor today.
Dr Newmans Clinic has many vein treatment clinics throughout the UK. Below is a list of clinics where you can visit us for Radiofrequency Ablation treatment: