Radiofrequency Vein Ablation Specialist


Dr. Don H. Gaede

Varicose Vein Specialist located in Fresno, CA

If you’ve tried everything from compression socks to increasing your activity levels to reduce the symptoms of your varicose veins without success, you’re probably ready to take the next steps. Don H. Gaede, MD, and the vein specialists at VeinPros in Fresno, California, can help reduce the appearance of varicose veins and eliminate symptoms. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Radiofrequency Vein Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency vein ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a treatment for varicose veins. The minimally invasive procedure uses radiofrequency energy to heat and damage the inner walls of varicose veins in the leg to close them. Once the vein is closed, the body reroutes blood to healthy veins and the appearance of varicose veins is reduced or eliminated. VeinPros uses the ClosureFast™ procedure.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are veins in the legs with malfunctioning valves that cause poor circulation. Blood flow reverses direction and pools in the vein, causing a physical deformity that can be seen on the legs. While mostly a cosmetic concern, varicose veins accompanied by pain or swelling can indicate more severe health issues. If you have varicose veins with pain, swelling, or skin discoloration, call the vein specialists at VeinPros for an evaluation.

What should I expect during radiofrequency vein ablation?

If the vein specialists at VeinPros determine your varicose veins would benefit from radiofrequency vein ablation, you can receive the ClosureFast treatment right in the office. 

Your doctor applies a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. Most people experience only mild discomfort during the procedure. 

Using ultrasound guidance, a small incision is made in the skin to insert the ClosureFast catheter into the vein. Radiofrequency energy is delivered to heat the damaged vein and cause it to collapse. The process is repeated at each section of vein until it has been fully treated. Your doctor then removes the catheter and bandage the insertion site.

You can walk after the procedure and return to your normal activity within a few days. Many patients experience relief from symptoms within two days of treatment. 

For at least a week after treatment, you’ll wear compression stockings. A follow-up ultrasound appointment is scheduled to ensure the vein is closed. In rare cases, the procedure isn’t successful the first time, and Dr. Gaede simply repeats the treatment until you achieve your goals. 

What are the side effects of radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a very safe procedure with minimal side effects. Rare side effects may include:

  • A small skin burn around the treatment site
  • Prickling or burning sensation after recovery
  • Small blood clotting in veins

To find out if radiofrequency ablation with ClosureFast can reduce or eliminate your varicose veins and symptoms, call the vein specialists at VeinPros or book online to schedule an appointment.