Leachman Cardiology
Physician's Bios
D. Richard Leachman, M.D.
Roberto Lufschanowski, M.D.
Paolo Angelini, M. D.
Zvonimir Krajcer, M.D.
Alberto Lopez, M.D.
Stephanie Coulter, M.D.
Eduardo Hernandez, M.D.

ENDOVENOUS THERAPY printer-friendly PDF version

What is it?
Endovenous therapy commonly referred to as RF (RadioFrequency) ablation, is a procedure to treat venous reflux disease or venous insufficiency. The primary purpose is to treat varicose veins, leg swelling, skin discoloration and/or texture changes, venous ulcers and restless leg syndrome.

What do I do?
  • Follow the instruction sheet provided to you by the scheduler of the procedure.

What will happen?
The physician will give you a local or regional anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Using ultrasound, the physician will position a catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter powered by radiofrequency (RF) energy delivers heat to the vein wall. As the thermal energy is delivered, the vein wall shrinks and the vein is sealed closed. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood will re-route itself to other healthy veins. Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression may be provided to aid healing. You may be encouraged to walk, and to refrain from extended standing and strenuous activities for a period of time. The average patient typically resumes normal activities within a few days.

How long does it take?
This procedure takes approximately 1 hour.

Medical Center Location
Leachman Cardiology
6624 Fannin
Suite 2780
Houston, Texas 77030


(713) 790-9401

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