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Radiofrequency Ablation or EVLA: Which Is Right for My Varicose Veins?

Radiofrequency Ablation or EVLA: Which Is Right for My Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins aren’t just unsightly, they can also become a medical problem, causing your legs to ache, burn, swell, or become discolored. With today’s modern medicine, there’s no reason to suffer embarrassment or physical pain because of your varicose veins. 

Our board-certified radiologists with REDI DIagnostics Corp in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, clear up varicose veins for many patients. Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) are two minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins. They’re similar procedures, so here we explain more about both. 

Similarities between EVLA and RFA for varicose veins 

There are more similarities than differences between EVLA and radiofrequency ablation. Both procedures use ultrasound to find the exact location of the veins to be treated as well as to guide the procedure. 

Both minimally invasive treatments use a local anesthetic to numb your target site. Both deliver heat energy inside the problematic vein. The heat destroys the integrity of the vein’s cells so that the vein collapses and is sealed off. 

We perform these treatments in our facility, place a dressing on your treatment site, and give you a compression stocking to wear to minimize swelling and reduce your risk of any complications. Both procedures have approximately a 99% success rate; some sources indicate a 95%-100% success rate. It’s considered a very safe procedure. 

You’ll be able to walk out of our office after your treatment and resume your day. We advise that you take it easy for a day or two, though. 

We explain the best choice for your varicose veins 

Your radiologist explains the minimal differences between EVLA and RFA and tells you why they’ve selected the treatment you’re having. Scientists have concluded that in general, neither method is superior to the other. 

Researchers note that EVLA may be a better option when your vein is very large, has vein webs, or if clots are an issue. Some studies indicate RFA has a better recovery, for example, with less bruising. Older EVLA procedures sometimes resulted in post-procedure lingering pain, but that’s no longer the case with newer technology.

You’re in safe hands with either EVLA or RFA 

Researchers note that both EVLA and RFA procedures have outstanding technical and clinical outcomes and the same high level of patient satisfaction. Your radiologist finds the solution that works best for your individual circumstance. 

Call REDI Diagnostics Corp or book an appointment online today for expert treatment of your varicose veins. Get ready to say goodbye to those unsightly veins. 

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