As a practitioner with Western Vascular Institute, Dr. Mitar Vranic builds on two decades of experience in vascular surgery. Dr. Mitar Vranic applies this experience in performing radiofrequency closure and other procedures that treat varicose veins.
Radiofrequency closure, also known as radiofrequency ablation, addresses the venous reflex disease that often causes varicose veins. It serves as an alternative to traditional vein stripping, which requires invasive surgical removal of the diseased veins. Instead, radiofrequency ablation uses laser energy to prompt the closure of diseased veins.
The surgeon starts by numbing the area with a topical and local anesthetic. Then, by way of a small incision, he or she passes a catheter or similar tool into the affected vein. The catheter serves as a channel through which the surgeon introduces an electrode or laser fiber.
When the surgeon pulls back on the catheter to expose the end of the fiber or electrode, energy passes into the vein as heat. This heat shrinks the collagen in the vein wall, which in turn causes the vein to shrink and close. The surgeon then removes the catheter and the patient’s body proceeds to heal the closure by rerouting blood to healthy veins.
Patients typically resume normal activity the same day and see results in only a few days. For 95 percent of these individuals, success is lasting.