Radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins
The RFITT Celon radiofrequency ablation for varicose veins is a to treat venous insufficiency treatment procedure in which the varicose vein is closed off by passing a radio frequency catheter into the vein.
The RFITT device passes a great deal of energy into the vein wall, and the varicose vein shrinks soon and is finally destroyed without the need to applya surgical procedure.
The treatment of chronic venous insufficiency through destroying the sources of pathological blood flow is expected to:
- Reduce the risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) development/ recurrence;
- Reduce the risk of thrombophlebitis development / recurrence;
- Reduce the risk of venous ulcer development / recurrence;
- Minimise troubles like oedema, myospasms, leg heaviness and fatigue;
- Achieve a better leg appearance.
We have been involved in performing intravenous procedures since 2007.
- Postoperative haematomas and pain are definitely less nagging than in case of the EVLT laser treatment;
- A minimally invasive, incisionless procedure, relatively no scars;
- A relatively short time of the procedure (about 45 minutes);
- The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic (no spinal needle insertion, no intubation);
- You are likely to go home only 2-3 hours upon the procedure;
- Relatively short convalescence – without the need to reduce your normal daily routine;
- You are likely to return to work only 2-3 days following the procedure;
- This type of treatment is a proven method which has been applied for about 25 years;
- Only a 5% risk of failure and recurrence of varicose veins.
Eligibility for a surgery is determined during a specialist consultation on the basis of a USG Doppler examination performed by your attending surgeon. It involves an estimation of indications and technical possibilities for the procedure and developing a treatment plan.
Medical eligibility is verified and the laser treatment is performed by:
Stanisław Molski, MD. PhD. DSc.
Michal Molski, MD. PhD.
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Pricelist, reimbursement provided by insurance companies:
- Cost of verifying a patient’s eligibility for the procedure with a USG Doppler is 120 €;
- Cost of RFITT radiofrequency ablation procedure of removing varicose veins amounts to 1500 €;
- Follow-up appointments up to 4 weeks following the procedure – free of charge.
- We signed contracts concerning medical eligibility and procedure coverage with eg. Luxmed a partner of BUPA
- Check if your insurance coverage includes the cost of medical eligibility or procedure
- If required we will prepare a treatment plan for your insurance company
- The day before the procedure you should have a light meal in the evening;
- On the day of the procedure you are not allowed to eat 6 hours before you are admitted to hospital;
- You should only drink still water up to 4 hours preceding the procedure.
The procedure can be performed in most patients, even those suffering from serious chronic diseases on condition these diseases are treated appropriately. Obesity, overweight and most other diseases do not pose a contraindication for radio ablation. The final decision about your eligibility for the procedure is made by your surgeon and anaesthesiologist.
Course of the procedure:
This treatment is performed using local anaesthesia and anaesthetic sedation, which ensures a patient the best safety and comfort and enables going home only 2 hours following the procedure.
The RFITT ablation procedure involves the insertion of an RFITT catheter of 1.8 mm in diameter into a varicose vein in the area of the knee and therefore this procedure allows to avoid incisions, scars as well as postoperative haematomas as opposed to the traditional surgical treatment of varicose veins. After the procedure, you will wear a compression stocking on your treated leg.
The patient is discharged from the hospital only two hours following the procedure and may go home on his or her own steam accompanied by someone to look after.
- You should wear a compression stocking day and night until the follow-up visit.
- You must not make any essential decisions, drive motor vehicles or consume alcohol or other stimulants for the period of 24 hours following the procedure.
- You may find the skin surface over the vein closed, especially above knee particularly painful when touched, insignificant bruises are common. The application of paracetamol, ibuprofen or other painkillers as well as heparin gels for varicose veins will successfully solve the troubles.
- Postoperative bruising, if any, will settle and absorb within several weeks.
- After discharge from hospital, you should carry on your normal daily routine but avoid overstrain and too much walking.
You are likely to return to work ca. 5-7 days following the laser procedure.
- A follow-up visit is scheduled before your flight home
- Follow-up visits, if necessary, are free of charge for the period of 4 weeks following the procedure
- Varicosities shrink and dissaper within 4 weeks after procedure. If you still notice varicosities after this time you are advised to get a medical consultation in order to determine indications for a supplementary treatment, e.g. sclerotherapy
- You are advised to get a medical consultation if you notice new varicosities or recurrent symptoms like haeviness ro swelling
Should you have any doubts or notice any distressing symptoms such as leg swelling, fever, do not hesitate to contact a doctor.
Information and registration available 09.00-19.00 on weekdays by phone on: +48 52 326 58 97 or day and night service available through an e-Appointment form.
The procedure concerning disease and treatment may vary depending on a patient and a surgeon’s experience.
Should you have any queries about the laser procedure, preparation for it or postoperative treatment, a fee for surgery or cost coverage by your insurance company, do not hesitate to ask your surgeon.