Radiofrequency Ablation


Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive technique that uses the heat created from a radiofrequency source. RFA is used for a range of conditions, including varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency in the legs, benign and malignant tumors, as well as chronic back and neck pain.

Varicose veins can bulge, twist, and appear visible under the skin. Symptoms can include aching, cramping, or swelling in your legs. 

Radiofrequency Ablation is safe and does not require hospitalization. RFA uses a catheter (thin, flexible tube) inserted into a varicose vein. Tiny electrodes at the tip of the catheter heat the walls of your varicose vein and destroy the vein tissue. As with chemical sclerotherapy, the treated vein is eventually absorbed by the body and blood flow diverts to healthy veins, improving circulation. 

Should you be concerned about side effects, you may wish to discuss potential risk with your physician prior to treatment.

After RFA treatment, rest is advised for several days before returning to normal activities. 


The Patient Experience

Dr. Robbins looked at my imaging and made an appointment that same day for me to come in. At Vascular Tyler, it’s just like a family environment every time I come in here. If I have to go the doctor’s (office), this is where I want to go.
L. Cunningham, Patient
We don’t want to spend a whole lot of time with rehabilitation or in some sort of medical facility, so it was great discovering that there’s only little or no downtime. It was a matter of hours instead of days or weeks.
B. Finch, Patient
I had excruciating pain and was told I needed a knee replacement. But Dr. Robbins said I just need vascular surgery. They gave me relief from my pain, and they’re kind and interested in you as a patient and a person. This is the place to come.
M. Finch, Patient

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