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Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation
Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is highly effective in removing targeted varicose veins for good by causing the collagen fibers within them to tighten, which closes the vein. At Afzal Clinics in Fridley, Edina, and Woodbury, Minnesota, Kamran Afzal, MD, is an endovenous radiofrequency ablation expert who also trains future surgeons to perform the procedure. To schedule an evaluation and treatment consultation, call Afzal Clinics, or book an appointment online today.
Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is endovenous radiofrequency ablation?

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure to treat certain complications with veins, usually in the legs. The procedure delivers radiofrequency energy into a problematic vein, which heats the vessel and causes it to close off. As a result, your blood routes through other nearby veins as it makes its way back to your heart.

During an endovenous radiofrequency ablation procedure at Afzal Clinics, the team threads an electrode into the targeted blood vessel using a catheter. The electrode delivers constant heat into the walls of the vein, which makes the collagen fibers within them contract. The procedure involves minimal bleeding, minimal (if any) scarring, and a low recovery time. 

What does endovenous radiofrequency ablation treat?

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation can treat varicose veins, which are engorged or bulging purple, blue, or red vessels that you can see on your legs. This is a highly effective treatment for varicose veins because it closes them off entirely instead of promoting better blood flow through them.

Varicose veins often develop because of chronic venous insufficiency, which is a condition that affects the function of your veins. The veins contain a series of valves that automatically open and close to direct blood upward against gravity.

Faulty valves cause blood to pool within the vessels as it doesn’t flow as smoothly. Among the results are varicose veins, leg pain or heaviness, and non healing ulcers on the legs and ankles. 

What is the aftercare for endovenous radiofrequency ablation?

The team at Afzal Clinics supports you as you recover from endovenous radiofrequency ablation. The simplicity of the procedure allows for an easy and quick recovery, which can be aided by a few easy self-care steps at home. 

To support blood flow in the area around a varicose vein after endovenous radiofrequency ablation, the team may tell you to:

  • Ease back into physical activity
  • Use compression stockings for several weeks
  • Elevate the legs while at rest
  • Resume most normal activity right away after treatment

The team may also follow up with you soon after treatment to make sure you’re making a smooth recovery and avoiding any lasting side effects, which are rare. 

To schedule an appointment at Afzal Clinics for endovenous radiofrequency ablation, call Afzal Clinics, or book online today.


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