12 Feb The Difference Between EVLA and RFA
When a person’s veins weaken and decrease in overall functionality, the subsequent pressure and abnormal blood flow can lead to swollen, painful veins that cause frequent irritation and discomfort.
This chronic venous disease, referred to as varicose veins, is actually incredibly common today. Thankfully, there are also several ways to treat varicose veins, such as endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation.
What Is Ablation?
Ablation is the process by which a physician will safely and effectively harness energy to heat and collapse varicose veins.
Regardless of which form of ablation a person undergoes, they can expect the following benefits:
- Overall relief from their symptoms
- The ability to go home the same day as the procedure (outpatient treatment)
- Minimal downtime
- Minimal — if any — scarring
What Is RF Ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation, also referred to as RF ablation, closes varicose veins by harnessing short bursts of radiofrequency energy.
Minimally invasive and non-surgical in nature, RF ablation starts with an ultrasound to determine where the diseased veins sit in the body. Once mapped, the catheter that delivers the radiofrequency bursts is inserted. The catheter then targets and heats the collagen in the vein walls in 20-second pulses, thus causing them to collapse.
Once the varicose veins have been collapsed, the blood is naturally rerouted to flow through healthier veins for improved circulation and reduced swelling.
What Is Laser Ablation?
Laser ablation, otherwise known as endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), functions similarly to RF ablation in that it begins with an ultrasound mapping of the veins in order to accurately detail where a thin fiber-like catheter should be inserted.
Once in, the fiber delivers a concentrated laser beam to the tissue of the veins, thus heating and closing the veins without damaging surrounding tissue. The blood is, again, subsequently rerouted through healthier veins for improved circulation and reduced swelling.
EVLA is widely regarded as one of the most precise means of varicose vein treatment.
If you’re ready to be free of your varicose veins, or if you are unsure as to the current health status of your veins, contact Ponte Vedra Vein Institute today! Not only do we offer free vein screenings, but we also provide a variety of safe and comprehensive venous treatments in our first-rate facility. Call us today at (904) 280-0600 to learn more!