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Non-Surgical treatment for Varicose Veins - Radio-frequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is the latest and most effective, patient friendly and non-surgical treatment for varicose vein using Multipolar RFA machine.Under color-doppler ultrasound vision, a radiofrequency catheter is inserted into the abnormal vein and the vessel treated with radio-energy, resulting is closure of the involved vein.
The interventional radiologist (are uniquely skilled in using the vascular system to deliver targeted treatments throughout the body without surgery) accesses the abnormal saphenous vein just above ankle or below the knee percutaneously through a small cannula in abnormal vein. Ablation uses a thin, flexible tube called a catheter with tiny electrodes at the tip of the catheter, which heat the walls of the varicose vein, and collapses the thick veins.

Advantages of Treatment with RFA

  • It is less risky as compared to surgery.
  • No surgical scar on skin.
  • Procedure done under short / local anesthesia.
  • It is done as day care or 24 hrs hospital stay.
  • Patients can resume normal activities within a day.
  • The recurrence rate is very low as compared to surgery.

Non surgical treatment vs. surgical treatment


Best Option




Non-surgical treatment ,
Radiofrequency Ablation

Surgical treatment ,
Stripping Surgery

Non-surgical Laser

1. Success rate

More than 98%

About 60%

About 70-75%

2. Anesthesia

Local or mild



3. Hospitalization

Day care

1-2 days

Day Care

4. Scar in leg


Yes more than two or three


5. Blood loss




6. Major advantage

Treats Incompetence at groin, perforators, and side branches also.

Removal of main vein. Need another surgery for perforators

Treat only main vein. Need another surgery for perforators

7. Recovery

Few hrs

1-2 days

24 hrs

8. Full recovery

Few hrs

3 weeks

1-2 days

9. Recurrence

One %

More than 20-40 %

More than 30%

10. Cost

Less expensive



11. Treating associated abnormal vein

Yes in same sitting







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