Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Vascular Associates of San Diego

Vein Specialists & Vascular Specialists located in San Diego County, La Mesa, CA

If you have troublesome varicose veins, some highly advanced, minimally invasive procedures are available to eliminate these problem veins, including radiofrequency ablation. The team of vein and vascular specialists at Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, and serving all of San Diego County, are experts in varicose vein treatment and the use of radiofrequency ablation. Call Vascular Associates of San Diego today to schedule a consultation with the team or book an appointment online.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a treatment the team at Vascular Associates of San Diego uses to resolve venous problems and varicose veins. 

Ablation means using a source of heat to safely create a precise level of damage to tissues in your body. When treating varicose veins, ablation causes the collagen in the veins’ walls to contract, so they collapse and close up. Blood can no longer travel along the treated vein, which eventually breaks down and disappears.

To ensure accuracy and safety, the team performs radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, which gives them a live view of your veins. 

Why would I need radiofrequency ablation?

You might be a suitable candidate for radiofrequency ablation if venous insufficiency is causing your varicose veins.

Venous insufficiency is a problem where your blood vessels don’t function properly. It develops when the valves in your veins weaken. Having faulty valves means that instead of blood traveling only back to your heart, it can seep back the wrong way along your veins.

The blood forms pools that show up as varicose veins, which are unsightly, lumpy, bulging veins that might be blue, red, or purple in color. As well as being unsightly, varicose veins might also cause symptoms such as:

  • Itching
  • Soreness
  • Aching
  • Tired legs

Venous insufficiency and varicose veins can also increase your risk of developing more serious conditions, including blood clots and venous leg ulcers.

Radiofrequency ablation is one of several cutting-edge treatment options available at Vascular Associates of San Diego.

What happens during a radiofrequency ablation session?

When you undergo radiofrequency ablation, your provider uses a local anesthetic or mild sedative to keep you comfortable. They insert a slim tube (catheter) into your vein through a small incision, using ultrasound imaging for precision guidance.

When the catheter is in place, your provider delivers the radiofrequency energy at a precise and consistent heat until the vein collapses.

Radiofrequency ablation is an in-office procedure at Vascular Associates of San Diego and requires only minimal downtime afterward. The team gives you compression stockings to wear for a week after your RFA procedure, to ensure the treatment delivers the optimal results.

Call Vascular Associates of San Diego today to find out more about radiofrequency ablation, or book an appointment online.