Rosen Vein Care
David Ian Rosen, MD
Vein Specialist located in Chicago, IL
If you’re one of the 35% of adults who have varicose veins, chances are you want them removed to improve your appearance. But there’s also an essential medical reason to treat varicose veins, as they can lead to pain, swelling, and other complications. As a vein specialist, David Rosen, MD, at Rosen Vein Care in Chicago, Illinois, offers several varicose vein treatment options that produce exceptional results and permanently eliminate your unsightly veins. To learn about your treatment options, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A
What is radiofrequency ablation (RFA)?
What causes varicose veins?
What symptoms indicate I might need radiofrequency ablation?
- Leg pain that may feel achy, throbbing, and/or burning
- Leg swelling
- Heavy-feeling legs
- Tired legs
- Restless legs
- Itchy legs
- Painful cramps
What should I expect during radiofrequency ablation?
Using ultrasound imaging to see your veins and guide the catheter, Dr. Rosen makes a tiny cut in your leg, inserts the catheter, and advances it through your veins to the varicosity.
Once the catheter is in place, Dr. Rosen instills a local anesthetic solution around the vein. In addition to keeping you pain-free during the procedure, the fluid pushes the vein walls against the catheter.
For the final step, Dr. Rosen turns on the laser and slowly withdraws the catheter, treating the vein walls with radiofrequency energy along the way.
When the procedure is finished, you don’t need stitches. Dr. Rosen simply applies a bandage to the area where the catheter was
You’ll need to wear compression stockings and avoid strenuous activities for a short time. Otherwise, you can return to your normal routine as soon as the procedure is finished.
If you have questions about radiofrequency ablation for eliminating varicose veins, call Rosen Vein Care or book an appointment online.