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Radiofrequency Vein Ablation Specialist

David  W. Ranson, MD, FACS -  - General & Vascular Surgeon

David W. Ranson, MD, FACS

General & Vascular Surgeon located in South Charleston, WV

Compression stockings, weight loss, and keeping your feet elevated at the end of a long day may help alleviate your varicose vein symptoms. But unfortunately, at-home care won’t get rid of these enlarged, gnarled veins. For a more permanent solution to your varicose veins, board-certified general and vascular surgeon, David W. Ranson, MD, FACS, offers radiofrequency vein ablation. To learn more about the minimally invasive in-office treatment, call the office in South Charleston, West Virginia, or request an appointment through the online booking tool.

Radiofrequency Vein Ablation Q & A


What is radiofrequency vein ablation?

Radiofrequency vein ablation, also called thermal vein closure, is a minimally invasive in-office treatment Dr. Ranson offers to eliminate unhealthy veins. He uses The ClosureFast™ procedure to perform radiofrequency vein ablation.

The ClosureFast system uses radiofrequency energy to heat and close the diseased vein. Your body then reroutes the blood flow through a healthy vein, improving your skin's appearance, and relieving your symptoms.

Am I a good candidate for radiofrequency vein ablation?

When you visit Dr. Ranson with concerns about your varicose veins, he conducts a thorough evaluation to assess your condition's severity and determine the best treatment.


Though some people think varicose veins are a cosmetic concern, they can lead to venous insufficiency. With venous insufficiency, the walls and valves in your vein are weak or damaged and can't push blood back to your heart and lungs. 

This condition causes blood to pool and collect in the veins. Venous insufficiency may lead to several symptoms, such as:

  • Leg pain
  • Swelling in your ankles or legs
  • Skin discoloration and sensitivity
  • Formation of new varicose veins
  • Flaky, dry skin
  • Formation of stasis ulcers


With radiofrequency vein ablation, Dr. Ranson destroys your dysfunctional vein, which may prevent more severe circulation issues. 

Dr. Ranson also uses the VenaSeal™ system for the treatment of varicose veins. During this treatment, he injects a unique surgical adhesive in your unhealthy vein that closes it and alleviates symptoms. 

What happens during radiofrequency vein ablation?

Dr. Ranson performs radiofrequency vein ablation in his office. To ease discomfort, he first administers a local anesthetic along your leg at the site of your diseased vein.


Using ultrasound-guided imaging, he inserts the ClosureFast catheter into your vein, where it releases heat, which causes the vein walls to collapse and close. 

With radiofrequency vein ablation, you can expect less pain and bruising than laser treatment, along with a faster recovery. You'll need to use compression stockings for no longer than a week.

More than 2 million people in over 100 countries have found relief from their diseased veins with the ClosureFast procedure. To schedule your consultation, contact the office of David W. Ranson, MD, FACS, by phone or through the online booking tool today.

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