Radio frequency vein treatments 

Milford Vascular Institute Specializes in the treatment of varicose veins using radio frequency vein procedures.

What to expect during a radio frequency ablation:

In this procedure, microwave energy is used to close the vein.  In the office, the leg is cleansed and prepped with Betadine solution.  Lidocaine is used as a local anesthetic. The abnormal vein is identified with ultrasound and punctured with a small needle.  The RF catheter is inserted into the vein and advanced under ultrasound guidance to the abnormal valve. The vein is anesthetized with a lidocaine and saline solution.  The catheter is then heated and cauterizes the vein from the valve to the mid-thigh or knee. The catheter is then removed and a compression stocking is placed for 10-14 days to allow the vein to completely close.  Follow-up ultrasound confirms successful closure. In time, the body will absorb the vein and it will appear on ultrasound as if the vein has been removed.​​

Immediately following procedure, you may experience:

  • Tingling/ pulling where the vein was closed down

  • Bruising

  • Elevate the leg when in a seated position

  • Walk around every few hours

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One to two weeks following procedure

  • Immediately following you can resume low impact physical activities at the gym

  • You can fly/ take long drives (make sure to wear stockings and hydrate)

What to do if you experience the above side effects​:

  • Compression stockings

  • Warm compresses on the area

  • Vasculera, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve

  • Tylenol if you cannot take NSAIDs

Pain and discomfort are normal after a procedure, if there are any questions or concerns following the procedure please call the office