Metro Pain and Vein Centers

Pain Management Physicians & Vein Specialists located in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, NJ & Staten Island and Ardsley, NY

If you have chronic pain in your body or varicose veins, ablation therapy has been shown to treat both with amazing success. If you want help with either problem, go to the experts at Metro Pain and Vein Centers. With convenient locations in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York, you have a clinic nearby. Book an appointment online or over the phone and see how ablation therapy can help you today.

Ablation Q & A

How does ablation therapy work?

Ablation therapy with radiofrequency energy is one of the most effective ways to treat chronic pain as well as damaged veins. For chronic pain, it works by sending an electrical current deep into targeted tissues, causing them to heat up. This safely damages nerve tissue, effectively decreasing pain signals from that area.

For varicose vein treatments, radiofrequency ablation works in a similar manner. It targets damaged veins and forces them to close up. Blood recirculates to healthier veins nearby, and within a few weeks, your ablation-treated veins disappear.

What happens during an ablation session?

All radiofrequency ablation treatments are performed right in the office at Metro Pain and Vein Centers. You’ll get comprehensive instructions at your consultation, so you’ll know what to expect and how to prepare.  

Depending on your specific ablation therapy plan, you might need an IV to administer a local anesthetic and mild sedative. You’ll be awake during radiofrequency ablation, but you should feel completely relaxed.

First, your practitioner will insert a small catheter and electrode into the treatment area. A radiofrequency current will then be sent through the electrode, causing the tissue to heat up, thus forcing the nerve or vein tissue to become ineffective.

After treatment, you will wait in the recovery area for observation. The entire process takes very little time, and because you might need mild sedatives, plan on having a ride home.

Will I need multiple ablation treatments?

Possibly, although it will depend on how you respond to treatment. It’s common to experience some pain and swelling at the insertion site after an ablation. But once the initial pain and swelling subside, you should start noticing relief from pain, or an improvement in your vein’s appearance.

When you have radiofrequency ablation treatments for pain, you can generally expect results to last for up to five years or longer. Or if you’re having ablation therapy to treat varicose veins, the treated vein shouldn’t resurface, although you can certainly develop new varicose veins in the future.

To see if ablation therapy is right for you, schedule an evaluation at Metro Pain and Vein Centers online or over the phone today.