Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)/Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)
Radio Frequency Ablation involves inserting a catheter into the vein then delivering a source of heat, closing off the vein and stopping the flow of blood. During RFA treatment, radio frequency energy is administered in 20-second bursts directly into the vein through a tiny catheter. Rather than clotting the blood, the radio frequency energy targets the collagen in the vein wall, causing it to shrink and prevent blood from circulating through that vein.
Endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) involves inserting a laser into the vein and damaging the vein wall with laser energy. This process causes the vein to shrink and collapse.
Over the past decade, RFA and EVLA has emerged as the gold standard treatment, due to its high success rates, short recovery times and minimal discomfort for patients.
Following the main treatment, generally two follow up appointments will be scheduled where you may receive additional sclerotherapy before being discharged from Delphi Clinic. These appointments range from 15-30 minutes in length and are covered by the initial procedural cost.