Endovenous radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of varicose veins

Endovenous radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of varicose veins

Can J Surg 2015;58(2):85-86 | PDF

Ahmed Kayssi, MD, MSc, MPH; Marc Pope MD, MSc; Ivica Vucemilo, MD; Christiane Werneck, MD, MScCH


Varicose veins are a common condition that can be treated surgically. Available operative modalities include saphenous venous ligation and stripping, phlebectomy, endovenous laser therapy and radiofrequency ablation. Radiofrequency ablation is the newest of these technologies, and to our knowledge our group was the first to use it in Canada. Our experience suggests that it is a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins, with high levels of patient satisfaction reported at short-term follow-up. More studies are needed to assess long-term effectiveness and compare the various available treatment options for varicose veins.

Accepted for publication Oct. 15, 2014

Affiliations: All authors are from the Division of Vascular Surgery, Trillium Health Partners, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ont.

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to writing and/or revising and to the conception and design of the manuscript and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.014914

Correspondence to: C. Werneck, Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Toronto, 89 Queensway West, Suite 500, Mississauga, ON, L5B 2V2; christiane.werneck@utoronto.ca