Radio wave – Minimally invasive alternative to stripping surgery

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (radio wave) is an established, modern and minimally invasive procedure that is excellently suited for the treatment of varicose veins. In many cases, stripping surgery can be replaced or avoided. In this procedure, a radio wave catheter is inserted into the diseased vein without incisions and the vein is then closed using radio waves. For the treatment of an uncomplicated disease of the great or small rose vein, this procedure is recommended first in the guidelines of the European Society of Vascular Surgery.

For whom is the procedure suitable?

Radio wave therapy is suitable for many patients with varicose veins, especially those with a truncal vein (small or great saphenous vein). However, other diseased veins that are not too tortuous and lie slightly deeper under the skin can also be treated with this minimally invasive method.

How does the treatment work?

After a small local anaesthetic at the lower end of the vein to be treated, a radio wave catheter is inserted under ultrasound control into the vein and pushed to the beginning of the vein. Once the catheter has been precisely placed in the correct position, a further local anaesthetic is applied along the vein. Finally, the radio wave catheter is retracted piece by piece into the vein under ultrasound control and the vein is sclerosed simultaneously with radio waves.

How proven is the procedure?

Radio wave therapy is a procedure that has been tried and tested in many studies and has proven the safety of its application and good treatment results. The procedure has been in use for many years and is used in numerous centres worldwide.

What are the advantages of the procedure?

What disadvantages does the procedure have?

Side effects are low and rare. In about 3% of cases, the stem vein can reopen. Sensory disturbances of the skin rarely occur and disappear after some time. About advantages and risks of the procedure they are informed in detail in a personal clearing-up discussion.

Carries my insurance the costs?

More than 80 statutory health insurance funds bear the costs with a special care contract, but not all. Therefore, please contact your health insurance company or simply ask us whether we can settle this procedure with your health insurance company. Private health insurers usually bear the costs without any problems. If you are legally insured and would like to cover the costs yourself, you will have to expect costs of approx. 1400 EUR or more, depending on the findings and the veins to be treated.