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Radio Frequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure to treat varicose veins. It uses heat created from radiofrequency (RF). Varicose veins are swollen, enlarged veins. They occur most often in the leg and develop when valves in your veins become damaged. This causes problems with blood flow. Over time, too much blood can collect in your veins. The veins may bulge, twist, and stand out under your skin. They can also cause symptoms such as aching, cramping, or swelling in your legs. During RFA treatment, RF heat is sent into your vein through a thin, flexible tube (catheter). This causes the collagen within the walls of the vein to contract until they shrink and shut down. When the entire vein has been ablated, the blood flow is automatically rerouted through healthier adjacent veins, restoring healthy circulation and reducing swelling. Check out the video to learn more.

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