Daily Mail Reporter, Angela Epstein, compares different options for varicose vein treatment but the report concludes that most have their uses and good practice is to be able to offer a variety of techniques. She comments on the use of Radio Frequency, the basis of the EVRF device,
“With local anaesthetic, a thin catheter is inserted into the vein, then radiofrequency current is used to collapse the vein walls. The technique, called radio-frequency ablation, is very similar to laser in terms of application, though not as successful. Stockings usually need to be worn for ten to 14 days, as these hold the vein area in place, making it more comfortable for the patient”.
ADVANTAGES: This targets the vein more accurately than laser treatment, says Mr Scurr. This means less chance of burning the tissues around the vein and so less risk of scarring and nerve damage, and slightly less pain. It’s good for early varicose veins rather than bulging ones on the lower part of the leg.
DISADVANTAGES: Slightly higher failure rate than endovenous laser ablation but still more than 90 per cent successful, says Mr Chaloner.