Radiofrequency Ablation

​Fraser Clinic offers this revolutionary new non-surgical treatment for varicose veins. To date, Fraser Clinic has treated over 2500 patients with success rates similar to those reported internationally.

For RFA we utilise the latest technology available, the Medtronic ClosureFast system, the safest and most effective varicose vein solution available. Previously the only treatment for large varicose veins involved the use of surgical stripping under general anaesthetic.

Involving a combination of laser and ultrasound technology, RFA requires no admission to hospital and usually allows for immediate return to work. Published research of the technique performed on more than 1000 patients has shown a low risk of complications and superior results when compared with surgery and UGS (excellent results in over 90% of patients).

RFA is used to treat the main trunks of abnormal saphenous veins. This treatment involves the passage of a fine laser catheter up the diseased vein under tumescent local anaesthesia. The catheter is positioned at the junction in the groin, or behind the knee (where the saphenous veins join the deep veins) with the aid of Ultrasound and the vein is closed with the use of heat which permanently seals the vein.

With over 2500 patients treated over the past 18 years, RFA, combined with UGS to remaining varicose tributaries represents the most advanced management option for the non-surgical treatment of varicose veins.

Follow-up studies conducted at the clinic indicate that the recurrence rate after RFA is less than 5% after 5 years, in line with international figures.

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