Endovenous Laser or Radiofrequency Ablation
Endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation are both energy sources that generate heat and close the vein, which is called thermal ablation. Each procedure produces heat through different methods, but I prefer to use endovenous laser ablation because it allows me to get the laser fiber into smaller veins that isn’t possible with the radiofrequency device. Radiofrequency ablation also comes with increased costs of about $400 to $500 per procedure, which are then passed on to the patient and/or insurance company. Throughout my experience treating thousands of patients, I believe radiofrequency ablation has no benefits over the laser procedure other than it may decrease treatment time.
Endovenous laser ablation involves no surgery or downtime and the procedure itself lasts between 30-60 minutes.
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About The Author: Lornell E. Hansen II, MD, is one of the area’s leading experts in laser technology and vein disorders. He is also the owner and medical director of Physicians Vein Clinics in Sioux Falls and Watertown, SD and Sioux City and Sioux Center, IA.