This treatment is a modern alternative to traditional invasive surgical vein stripping. With this procedure, there is no need for bed rest, inactivity, hospital admission or general anaesthetic. No incisions are made meaning there are no scars. It is also considered to have a lower recurrence rate compared with surgical stripping. There are two types of thermal ablation used – Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT). The only difference is the energy used to generate heat. RFA uses electrical current, while laser uses light, which is, then amplified to produce a powerful beam. Our surgeons choose to use RFA because it has a lot fewer complications, in particular, less pain post procedure.