Radiofrequency Ablation

At Cross County Cardiology – Mount Sinai we offer a wide range of effective, minimally invasive vein treatment options. Radiofrequency ablation is a state-of-the-art minimally invasive therapy that eliminates problem veins.

Radiofrequency ablation (sometimes referred to as Venefit™ or VNUS Closure) uses the heat from radiofrequency waves to seal varicose and spider veins. Once these veins are sealed off, the veins disintegrate and are absorbed into surrounding tissue. The blood is re-routed to nearby veins.

During the procedure, your doctor inserts a thin tube called a catheter into the affected vein. We enter the vein through a tiny incision made in the groin area. Then we then guide it into place using ultrasound. Next, we deliver radiofrequency energy through the catheter into the vein wall. This heats up the vein and causes it to collapse and seal shut.

What to Expect

Radiofrequency ablation is generally an outpatient procedure. It requires only a local anesthetic and recovery time is relatively short. If you are healthy, you should be able to return to your regular activities the next day. You should notice an improvement in your symptoms within two weeks of the procedure.

The procedure itself takes between 45 and 60 minutes, but it will take a little time to prepare you for the procedure and to allow you to recovery. You can expect to spend around three hours in our offices. Afterward, your doctor may advise you to walk regularly, to avoid standing for prolonged periods of time, and to avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting for a few weeks.

Radiofrequency ablation is a relatively safe procedure. Your doctor will explain to you the risks involved, which include cellulitis/infection, skin burn, mild bruising and/or pain, and some loss of blood.