Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a highly effective approach to treating venous insufficiency. It is a 1 hour appointment that also allows you to return to work and normal activities that same day. If you are struggling with painful, cramping, swollen, itchy legs, call us today at Golden Coast, Dermatology, Skin Cancer and Vein Center. Dr. William James Tidwell is board certified and fellowship trained in treating venous disease with this and other techniques.
What is Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation?
Am I a candidate for Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation?
The first step to determining if endovenous radiofrequency ablation is right for you is a physical exam and painless ultrasound image. If symptoms such as pain, swelling or restless legs/cramping are present, you may likely be a candidate for endovenous laser ablation. An ultrasound will determine if veins are damaged and to what extent. Using the ultrasound to map out where the damaged veins are located, we can then perform targeted, minimally invasive treatments such as endovenous laser ablation to treat damaged veins and direct blood flow to healthy veins.
How is Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation performed?
Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is performed as an approximately one hour appointment in an outpatient medical office. Local anesthesia is all that is usually necessary, but we do have mild oral sedation for those who requested. After dressing into a gown and shorts, the patient is brought into a specialized vein treatment room. The leg and surroundings are sterilized to prepare for the procedure. After numbing the area, a small laser catheter is inserted into the damage vein. The entire diseased vein is then identified under ultrasound guidance. Additional anesthesia is applied to ensure the entire area to be treated is comfortable and numb. The device is then activated in slowly pulled back to the vein. Energy from the catheter causes the vein to close upon itself. This permanent closure by the device is called ablation. Blood is then directed into healthier veins often deeper in the legs. The catheter is removed in a small bandage applied. A compression sock is worn and the patient immediately is able to resume normal activities. We ask patients to walk for approximately one hour after the procedure as this helps blood flow to be appropriately directed.
Is Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation covered by insurance?
Some issues leg vein issues without symptoms are considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance plans. However, often cosmetic vein issues are a sign that deeper and more serious medical issues such as venous insufficiency are present.
Our in office insurance and pre authorization specialist can help work with you and your insurance plans to make the treatment of venous disease simplistic.
Why should I have my veins treated at Golden Coast Dermatology, Skin Cancer, and Vein Center?
If you are suffering from venous disease, we can help you today. We are experts at providing care for both medical and cosmetic venous conditions. Our surgeon, Dr. James Tidwell, was fellowship trained and is board certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.
We can also work with your insurance plans to help you obtain coverage for appropriate medical issues. Call us today or make an appointment online.