Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), also known as ‘The Closure Procedure” is a type of endovenous thermal ablation. The goal in treatment is to close and shutdown the main superficial feeder vein in the leg (the Great Saphenous Vein or the Small Saphenous Vein).
How is the procedure performed?
Radiofrequency ablation involves inserting a small treatment catheter (similar to an IV) into the damaged vein and advanced to the upper leg region, all while being directly visualized with the Ultrasound machine. The physician will then numb the region of the vein using local anesthesia (lidocaine mixture). Once the area is numb, the treatment catheter will be activated which will heat and shut the damaged vein. This procedure usually takes about 45 minutes and you will be able to walk immediately after the procedure and resume normal activity. Many patients experience immediate relief from symptoms and continue to improve over a period of weeks.
Studies have reported that patients treated with radiofrequency ablation experience less pain, fewer complications, less bruising and had improvements in quality of life faster than those treated with endovenous laser ablation. Due to these beneficial outcomes Oceana Vein Specialists solely perform Radiofrequency Ablation (The Closure Procedure).
Does insurance cover this procedure?
Insurance companies determine coverage for the radiofrequency ablation procedure based on medical necessity. Most of the time, private insurance, Medicare, and MediCal will pay for the ablation procedure. It is important that you receive treatment from an office that is experienced with dealing with insurance companies and can advocate on your behalf for coverage. Since Oceana Vein Specialists is dedicated 100% to vein care, we are highly experienced at obtaining and verifying insurance coverage for venous procedures.