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(radiofrequency ablation)

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 heat up and close a defective vein.

How is RFA different from a laser vein procedure?

The RFA procedure is performed identically to a laser vein treatment (EVLT).  However, the laser uses pinpoint light energy and requires a continuous pullback 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. This leads to a safer and more uniform delivery of energy (scroll down to see the video)

Why does Dr. Artwohl prefer the RFA procedure?

Dr. Artwohl prefers the RFA procedure for thermal ablation 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). 

Is RFA more expensive than the Laser procedure?

RFA is comparably priced to the laser procedure and is 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.

Learn about the RFA procedure.

Watch the video below.

Dr. Artwohl and Devon Berthiaume, RVT staring a in-office radiofrequency ablation procedure. The patient is awake and will drive herself home after the procedure.

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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.

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