Safe and reliable treatment for venous insufficiency.
What is the Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) procedure?
The RFA procedure, also known as endovenous radiofrequency ablation, is a minimally invasive procedure in which radiofrequency (RF) energy is used to close a defective vein.
How is RFA different from a Laser procedure?
The RFA procedure is performed identically to a laser vein treatment (EVLT). However, the laser uses pinpoint light energy and requires a continuous pull back while energy is being delivered. The RFA procedure uses radiofrequency energy and is performed segmentally and is not pulled back while energy is being delivered. (scroll down to see video)
Why does Dr. Artwohl prefer the RFA procedure?
Dr. Artwohl prefers the RFA procedure because, in his experience, patients who undergo radiofrequency vein treatment have less pain in the immediate post-operative than those who undergo laser vein treatment. His experience has been confirmed by clinical studies, (see articles below). In the past, Dr. Artwohl employed both laser and the RFA at the Alaska Vein Clinic, but now he exclusively uses the RFA for thermal ablation. He has treated more Alaskans with this system than any other provider.
Is RFA more expensive than the Laser procedure?
RFA and Laser procedures are comparably priced and both are covered by private insurance, Tricare, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Does the Alaska Vein Clinic use reprocessed RFA catheters?
No. All equipment used at the Alaska Vein Clinic is used once per patient direct from the factory and is then discarded. Dr. Artwohl does not use reprocessed catheters and does not resell his used catheters to reprocessing centers.
Several studies have shown that radiofrequency ablation is less painful than laser ablation.
This video compares RFA to Laser. The RF treatment is on top and the laser treatment is on the bottom. Notice the smooth even distribution of energy delivery by the RFA technique and the jagged uneven energy delivery of the laser technique.