Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure that uses heat energy to cauterize tissue. The heat is generated by an electric current. Radio waves are produced to generate the current. The amount of heat energy directed at the tissue depends on the size of the damaged area and the density of the tissue itself.
Radiofrequency ablation can be used to kill off certain tumors and other malignancies, destroy nerve endings and remove other tissues that are causing pain. It is commonly used to address problematic veins. This procedure can even be employed for those who are suffering from certain cancers, have neck or back pain or arthritis. If you have heard about radiofrequency ablation for venous treatment and want to learn more, feel free to contact our office to schedule a consultation and evaluation.
How Radiofrequency Energy is Delivered
The radio waves produced by a special machine cause an electric current to flow along a probe. The current is alternating and can be controlled in terms of amperage and voltage. The probe is used to penetrate the skin and underlying tissue until it reaches the problematic vein.
Electrodes are then inserted into the probe. These electrodes have prong-style tips and are pushed through the probe until they clamp onto the treatable tissues. The current is run through the electrodes for a specified time while the tissue heats up and the cells are destroyed.
Before deciding whether this is the proper treatment for your veins, a full evaluation of your medical condition needs to be completed. We make sure to take a close look at the patient’s medical history in order to make sure this is the right treatment.
The patient stays in our office for a short time following the radiofrequency ablation treatment. Respiration, heart function and blood pressure are constantly monitored. In most cases, the patient returns home the same day.
Most patients feel only minimal discomfort in the treated area following the procedure. Medications may be prescribed. Over the next few days, the affected vein is eventually flushed from the body. Follow-up visits may be necessary to evaluate the extent to which the affected area is healing.
Learn More About Radiofrequency Ablation
This procedure is a proven method of eliminating problematic veins. It is also performed to correct other medical problems. For more information, schedule your own personal consultation and evaluation at the South Texas Vein Institute. Our office is located in Edinburg. Contact us today to book your appointment.