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Radiofrequency Ablation


Varicose veins are not only unsightly but can be accompanied by issues such as restless leg syndrome, chronic pain, and/or swelling. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) carried out in our offices in Upper East Side Manhattan is a procedure used to address the cosmetic appearance of varicose veins and treat the underlying causes of venous insufficiency.

We have a staff of qualified physicians and surgeons. who has performed hundreds of radiofrequency ablation therapies. Performed without general anesthesia, Venefit uses radio waves to improve the appearance of varicose veins and is prized for excellent outcomes – more than 91 percent of treated veins remaining sealed five years later.


  • Minimally invasive; non-surgical
  • Covered by most insurance
  • Local as opposed to anesthesia
  • Safe
  • Minimum discomfort
  • Little downtime

Frequently Asked Questions

What is radiofrequency ablation?

This minimally invasive varicose vein treatment procedure relies on electricity to heat the veins which eventually collapse and seal off completely.

How is RFA performed?

Ultrasound is used to guide the procedure. The leg is injected with a local anesthetic, and a small needle punctures the vein. A catheter will be inserted into the vein and more numbing medication will be injected around the vein. Once the numbing medication is placed around the catheter and vein, the catheter will slowly be pulled back. During the time the catheter generates heat, the vein is closed off.

What can I expect post-procedure?

Most RFA patients report that there is a marked difference after RFA within a few days and that their legs feel lighter. That said, varicose veins take a bit of time to fully go away, depending on their severity and how long you’ve had them.

Who can benefit from radiofrequency ablation?

Patients with varicose veins accompanied by issues such as pain, swelling, cramping or other forms of discomfort can benefit from RFA.

Does radiofrequency ablation cause discomfort?

Most patients report feeling little, if any, pain during the ablation procedure.

Does insurance cover RFA?

Yes, this RFA is indeed covered by most insurance, including Medicaid.

What is the recovery like?

You can go back to work and immediately. If bruising occurs, it should improve in 1 to 2 weeks.

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