Radiofrequency Ablation

Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine

Pain Medicine located in Glen Rock, NJ

Are leg cramps or restless legs bothering you? Perhaps it’s time to see if radiofrequency ablation is right for you. Board-certified doctors, Kevin McElroy, DO, and Steven Ferrer, MD, at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine in Glen Rock, New Jersey, perform this minimally invasive treatment to relieve pain, discomfort, and improve the appearance of damaged leg veins. The entire procedure takes only 30 minutes. Call today or book a consultation online to find out more.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a nonsurgical treatment to relieve not just the symptoms of vein disease, but also the underlying condition.

As an outpatient service, the treatment takes less than an hour and requires little downtime. Radiofrequency ablation helps relieve pain, discomfort, and the appearance of damaged veins.

What does radiofrequency ablation treat?

The board-certified doctors at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine typically recommend radiofrequency ablation for the following conditions:

  • Varicose veins
  • Spider veins
  • Leg cramps

New research also shows radiofrequency ablation is an effective treatment for restless legs syndrome, with one study finding an average of 80% improvement after the procedure.

What happens during a radiofrequency ablation procedure?

Your doctor at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine performs your procedure during a simple outpatient office visit. Your leg is first numbed. Then, an ultrasound technician maps out the location of your vein. Your doctor inserts a small tube, known as a catheter, into the vein.

An electrical current travels through the tube to heat and close off the vein. If you have varicose veins or spider veins, radiofrequency ablation prevents blood from pooling in your damaged veins, improving its appearance.

Because the treatment uses technological advances, the affected vein is closed from the inside, so you don’t need stitches. Afterward, your doctor applies a bandage and compression stocking to:

  • Prevent bruising
  • Prevent tenderness
  • Promote the proper flow of blood throughout your leg

The entire procedure is short, taking around 30 minutes from start to finish.

What happens after a radiofrequency ablation procedure?

You follow these recommendations to promote a speedy recovery after radiofrequency ablation:

  • Wear your compression stocking for the first two days after treatment, removing it only to shower.
  • Elevate both of your legs at least three times a day for 5-10 minutes.
  • Avoid engaging in strenuous activity, taking a bath, or swimming for 24 hours after your procedure.
  • Keep moving and maintain a normal level of activity.
  • Avoid any prolonged sitting or standing for the first week.
  • Walk twice daily for 20 minutes.

You can return to work the day after your treatment.

If you’ve been troubled by leg cramps or issues with your leg veins, call Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine today, or book a consultation online to find out more about the benefits of radiofrequency ablation.