Which procedure is better? Both procedures have their benefits and I am proud to announce that in my lab we are going to start performing Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). If you are not familiar with these two terms they are used for the treatment of varicose veins (bulging veins). They both are noninvasive and catheters are used to get to the abnormal vein in order to close it up. With RFA, there is usually less pain post op and less bruising than with laser ablation. RFA is typically the preferred method because it is generally associated with less discomfort. Both techniques are fairly fast and they are incredible improvements over the traditional vein stripping. With that in mind, if you or anyone you know have varicose veins, you know which treatments are commonly used. Oh the joy of aging :) Is it Friday yet?