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Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)


Varicose veins--those protruding, twisting veins that often appear on one’s legs, are not only unappealing in appearance but can also cause issues such as restless leg syndrome, chronic pain and/or swelling. At Bellava Medaesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center, we offer the most advanced form of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to our patients in Westchester. This treatment helps to correct the appearance of varicose veins as well as alleviate venous insufficiency. What’s more, most medical insurance plans cover this procedure.

At Bellava our board-certified vein specialist Dr. Donna D'Alessio (Go here to read more about Dr. Donna D'Alessio) carries out radiofrequency ablation with the Venefit™ procedure, a highly effective varicose vein treatment that can be performed without general anesthesia. It is a minimally invasive treatment that improves the appearance of varicose veins with radio waves. The Venefit™ procedure is considered a lunchtime treatment and takes approximately 45-60 minutes so you can fit it into your busy day.

Benefits of Radiofrequency (RFA) with Westchester Vein Specialist Dr. Donna D'Alessio

  • Non-surgical
  • Covered by most medical insurance plans.
  • Local or light sedation
  • Safe
  • Minimum discomfort and downtime
  • High success rate– more than 91 percent of treated veins remain sealed five years later.

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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) FAQs

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive varicose vein treatment procedure that uses electricity to heat the veins which eventually collapse and seal off completely.

What is the difference between RF ablation and Laser?

During the procedure of radiofrequency ablation, a catheter is inserted into the vein. The catheter sends off heat energy which causes the vein to shrink. This basically means that the vein closes. Since the vein closes, it no longer carries blood, and eventually the body will absorb the vein. The laser filament uses a heating element instead. Both are designed to target the vein wall.

Who are the best candidates for a Radiofrequency Ablation?

Patients with varicose veins that cause pain, swelling, cramping or other forms of discomfort.

How does the procedure work?

An ultrasound is used to guide procedure. The leg is injected with a local anesthetic, and a small needle punctures the vein. A catheter will be inserted into the vein and more numbing medication will be injected around the vein. Once the numbing medication is placed around the catheter and vein, the catheter will slowly be pulled back. During the time the catheter generates heat, the vein is closed off.

Does radiofrequency ablation hurt?

Most patients report feeling little, if any, pain during the ablation procedure.

What are the expected results after I get a radiofrequency ablation?

Patients can often notice a dramatic improvement in the way their legs feel within a few days. The varicose veins will take some time to fully disappear, depending on how severe they are bulging from your skin and how long you have left them untreated.

Does insurance cover this?

Yes, this procedure is covered by insurance.

What is the recovery like?

You may resume normal activities immediately. If bruising occurs, it should improve in 1 to 2 weeks.

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Best of Westchester 2013
Best of Westchester 2012
American Board of Anaesthesiology
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