Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Vein Treatment | MedStar Health

Improve the symptoms of varicose veins with this catheter-based procedure

This minimally invasive technique for the treatment of varicose veins uses heat to eliminate damaged veins. The goal is to improve circulation of the blood out of the legs and back to the heart. While it can improve your appearance, it also can eliminate symptoms such as pain, swelling, heaviness, fatigue, and itching in the legs.

Our vein program team are experts in using the latest minimally invasive techniques and will work with you to find the best treatment option to relieve pain and prevent complications.

What to expect during radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins

You may be given a sedative to help you relax, but you will remain awake throughout the procedure. A local anesthetic will be injected to numb the area in the leg where the doctor will insert a thin, flexible tube known as a catheter.

Your doctor will guide the catheter to the enlarged portion of the vein. The tip of the catheter will be heated, causing the vein to collapse and seal shut. The procedure will take about an hour, and you should be able to go home the same day.


Varicose & spider veins

Varicose and spider veins occur when the veins near the surface of the skin become enlarged and twisted.


Arterial Duplex Ultrasound for Arms and Legs

Arterial duplex ultrasound uses Doppler and traditional ultrasound to assess blood flow in the arteries of your arms and legs.

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MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

201 E. University Pkwy.
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

7503 Surratts Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, DC, 20007

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

18101 Prince Philip Dr.
Olney, MD 20832

MedStar St Mary's Hospital

25500 Point Lookout Rd.
Leonardtown, MD 20650

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