Radiofrequency Ablation


RADIOFREQUENCY CLOSURE (RF) is used to block off a main saphenous vein by passing a radiofrequency probe up the vein introduced through a puncture needle under local anaesthetic with ultrasound guidance. It has been in use for over 15 years in the USA and Europe. It was introduced into Australia by our group in 1998. Results published world wide show a low risk of complications and excellent medium-term results. Both legs can be treated at the one session. Visible varicose veins are usually treated by ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy (UGS) either at the same time or some 2-4 weeks later when they have decreased in size.

What are the advantages and disadvantages for RF?



What should you do before RF?

What happens during RF?

What should you do after RF?

What can you expect following RF?

The following features are expected. They are not a cause for concern although they should be reported at review:

What are the possible complications from RF?

Complications can occur even with perfect technique.

Please Note

Medicare has restriction on the item number for Sclerotherapy (item 32500). A maximum of 6 treatments in a 12 month period is permitted by Medicare. You may require more treatment sessions but there will be no further rebate from Medicare if within the 12 month cycle. Please note if you have had Endovenous RF Closure and/or Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy the restriction also applies.

We advise you contact Medicare to enquire further. General Patient Enquiries - Phone 132 011

Subject to change