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Radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of lower extremity chronic venous disease

Sherry Scovell, MD, FACS
Section Editors
John F Eidt, MD
Joseph L Mills, Sr, MD
Deputy Editor
Kathryn A Collins, MD, PhD, FACS


Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive percutaneous technique using thermal energy to ablate incompetent veins [1,2]. This device is used primarily to treat insufficiency of the axial veins (ie, great, small, or accessory saphenous veins), but intersaphenous veins or perforating veins can also be treated with specialized probes.

Alternative approaches to treatment of chronic venous disease using laser and light therapy, endovenous laser, sclerotherapy, and open surgical management are discussed elsewhere.

(See "Overview and management of lower extremity chronic venous disease".)

(See "Laser and light therapy of lower extremity telangiectasias, reticular veins, and small varicose veins".)

(See "Liquid, foam, and glue sclerotherapy techniques for the treatment of lower extremity veins".)

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