Cape Town:  021 201 1119  


As with any procedure, there is a risk of complications.  These are very uncommon following the RFA Procedure and if they do occur, they are usually temporary.

The following complications have been reported: 

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis - This is probably the most significant complication and requires active treatment, should it occur.
  • Bruising along the inner-thigh
  • Numbness / pain along the inner thigh
  • Heat injury along the inner thigh
  • Pigmentation along the inner thigh
  • Thrombophlebitis (inflammation or redness of the vein)
  • The dressings often become blood-stained (especially if you have had ambulatory phlebotomies done as well) - This is not a cause for concern.  The compression dressing will fix this.  However, if there is a significant amount of bleeding or the dressings become soaked, then call the emergency number which will be provided to you.


Room 1521 Christiaan Barnard Hospital, Cape Town, 8001.

  Cape Town Switchboard:  021 201 1119