The Ramsey, New Jersey physician duo Dr. Kevin McElroy and Dr. Steven Ferrer of Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine are known for bringing the latest advances in physical medicine and rehabilitation to Bergen County and its’ surrounding areas. In addition to our orthopedic services and sports injury services, our team is now proud to offer a new non-surgical pain management treatment for spider veins, a common vascular problem.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider Veins are a common vascular issue that results in tiny blue, red, or purple lines on the skin, typically in the legs. They occur due to some kind of problem with the way veins normally function. In some cases, for instance, Spider Veins happen when one-way valves inside the veins don’t close properly, causing blood to leak and get stuck in the vein. If left uncorrected, Spider Veins can build up enough pressure to weaken the vein walls, allowing the Spider Veinsto grow larger.
Sometimes, but not always, Spider Veins can turn into Varicose Veins, which are larger, more twisted, and more bulbous. Varicose Veins can have a rope-like appearance under the skin (unlike spider veins, which are flat). Varicose veins can sometimes cause physical discomfort and, although rarely, may lead to medical complications such as blood clots.
People who are pregnant, overweight and obese, or older are more likely to have Spider Veins. Additionally, Women are more likely than men to have both Spider Veins and Varicose Veins.
How Radiofrequency Ablation Works
“Ablation” is a technique used to heat and damage tissue. In the case of Spider Veins, Ablation creates scar tissue which closes off damaged veins. This way, no more blood can get trapped inside.
“Radiofrequency” ablation involves an electrical current from a radio wave instead of a light laser beam. To do the procedure, our Bergen County doctors insert a very small tube called a catheter into the Spider Vein (via a small incision) and emit Radiofrequency energy through it. This creates scar tissue, which closes the vein.
The success rate of Radiofrequency Ablation is impressive. According to at least one meta-analysis published in 2009, Radiofrequency Ablation works about 88% of the time.
Like any procedure, Radiofrequency Ablation does carry at least some small risk for complications. Usually, these complications are mild, and may include prickling or burning sensation on the skin.
7 Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation for Spider Veins and Other Vascular Problems
IT’S FDA APPROVED
Radiofrequency Ablation is approved for use in the treatment of Spider Veins, Varicose Veins, and other cosmetic and/or medical reasons.
IT’S COMPLETELY NON-SURGICAL
Radiofrequency Ablation takes a minimally invasive approach to resolve vascular issues, manage pain and improve cosmetic appearance.
MOST MEDICAL INSURANCE PLANS COVER IT (INCLUDING MEDICARE)
Our front office team can help you determine if your health insurance will cover this effective treatment.
IT REQUIRES NO ANESTHESIA
We may use local anesthesia or give you a simple sedative to make sure you’re comfortable. No general anesthesia necessary!
IT REQUIRES NO SUTURES
Just a small incision is required to allow the catheter to get into the vein.
YOU’LL HAVE LITTLE TO NO DISCOMFORT
Most people report little to no pain after this procedure, which can be done in a short office visit.
DOWNTIME IS MINIMAL
You’ll need to wear compression stockings for about a week and have a follow up with us to make sure the vein closed properly. But expect to be feeling as good as new before you know it!
INNOVATIVE SPIDER VEIN TREATMENT IN RAMSEY, NEW JERSEY
Connect with our Bergen County Pain Management team at Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine to learn about our exciting new treatment option for Spider Veins and other common vascular problems. We’d be happy to determine if this service is right for you, and help you address any other health concerns you may have using our wide-ranging and state-of-the-art tools and technology. Contact us (201) 962-9199 today.