Are antibiotics absolutely necessary prior to my RF ablation procedure?

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Orange County Vein Care

Published on Mar 21, 2019

Antibiotics are not prescribed prior to radiofrequency ablation. There is no indication. I recommend going to a new provider.

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Answered by Orange County Vein Care

Antibiotics are not prescribed prior to radiofrequency ablation. There is no indication. I recommend going to a new provider.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Dec 06, 2018

In most clinics, it is protocol to give an antibiotic before and several days after. While the incidence of infection is very unlikely, it is standard in most procedures.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

In most clinics, it is protocol to give an antibiotic before and several days after. While the incidence of infection is very unlikely, it is standard in most procedures.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Sep 28, 2015

Closure procedures are clean procedures and there is no need for pre- or post-procedure antibiotics.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Closure procedures are clean procedures and there is no need for pre- or post-procedure antibiotics.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Premier Vein Specialists

Published on Sep 26, 2015

No, antibiotics are not typically necessary prior to a radiofrequency ablation.

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Answered by Premier Vein Specialists

No, antibiotics are not typically necessary prior to a radiofrequency ablation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


The Sheen Vein Institute

Published on Sep 25, 2015

The RF ablation procedure is normally performed in a relatively sterile environment. This means that the leg being treated should be thoroughly cleaned with sterilizing cleaner and sterile gloves, drapes, etc are used. This is why antibiotics are not normally indicated.

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Answered by The Sheen Vein Institute

The RF ablation procedure is normally performed in a relatively sterile environment. This means that the leg being treated should be thoroughly cleaned with sterilizing cleaner and sterile gloves, drapes, etc are used. This is why antibiotics are not normally indicated.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Laser Vein Center

Published on Sep 25, 2015

No, antibiotics are seldom necessary for an RF ablation. The risk of infection is exceedingly low. In fact, I have never had a patient contract an infection after performing over 10,000 ablations.

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

No, antibiotics are seldom necessary for an RF ablation. The risk of infection is exceedingly low. In fact, I have never had a patient contract an infection after performing over 10,000 ablations.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


General Vascular Surgery Group

Published on Sep 25, 2015

Antibiotics are not generally necessary before a radiofrequency ablation procedure.

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Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

Antibiotics are not generally necessary before a radiofrequency ablation procedure.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Susan B Fox, D.O. RPVI, FSVM

Published on Sep 25, 2015

No, antibiotics are not absolutely necessary before a radiofrequency ablation.

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Answered by Susan B Fox, D.O. RPVI, FSVM

No, antibiotics are not absolutely necessary before a radiofrequency ablation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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