Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a procedure that uses a gentle heat based technique for closing the saphenous veins that contributes to varicose veins in the legs. Its known by its brand name, Closurefast. This was first developed in 1990s. It has since taken the place of vein stripping. Our doctors at Inovia® Vein Specialty Centers have performed over 4,000 of the procedures over the last decade, with excellent results.
A local anesthetic anesthetizes the skin. The RFA catheter is inserted inside of the vein using ultrasound guidance. The catheter is advanced up the dilated vein towards the the upper leg. The catheter is subsequently surrounded by a local anesthetic, called Tumescent anesthesia. This prevents the patient from feeling discomfort during the procedure. The catheter uses a mild degree of heat to treat the inner lining of the vein. This then causes vein to be reabsorbed by the body. Patients generally wear compression stockings for one week after this procedure, however, they can usually get back to normal activities quickly.
We treat patients with Closurefast RFA at our Inovia® Vein Specialty Centers. We are currently scheduling patients in our clinic at The Center next to St. Charles Medical Center (which serves Oregon patients from Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, La Pine, Baker City, Burns, and John Day) and scheduling patients for our clinic at the Bridgeport Village Center in Tigard, Oregon (for Oregon patients from Portland, Tigard, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Sherwood, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Clackamas, Sunnyside, and Milwaukie).