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How does radiofrequency ablation work?

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How does radiofrequency ablation work? Radiofrequency ablation is an outpatient procedure that's done in physician's offices. It works by delivering a catheter into the vein that's diseased and the radiofrequency delivers heat to the vein wall which causes the vein wall to compress or shrink and scar down, closing off the diseased vessel. The procedure itself takes roughly 45min to an hour. A patient then will be able to return to work the next day and they follow up in the office a week after the procedure's done for further evaluation.

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