Finding the right frequency: New therapy is helping Jersey City Medical Center bolster its vascular care options

Located in bustling metropolitan cross-roads for the region, Hudson County has a lot to offer.

That didn’t always include certain health care options for its residents, says Dr. Michael Curi, chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

“We know that, today, there are lots of patients in the region that are receiving care elsewhere, outside of the county, for one reason or another,” he said.

Dr. Michael Curi, chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

With an update to the RWJBarnabas Health-linked Jersey City Medical Center, which recently wrapped up a renovation to better house the region’s vascular technologists and vascular surgeons, Curi hopes that is going to change.

One of the academic teaching health care center’s key features is it is the county’s only stop for an innovative therapy that is making varicose vein removal surgeries easier for patients.

The technique involves using radio frequencies or advance sealants to remove affected veins instead of stripping them out in the way surgeries were once done.

“It’s a state-of-the-art treatment technology that’s minimally invasive,” Curi said. “Importantly, now patients can have it done by regionally renowned providers without having to travel.”

For those looking to get varicose veins (a condition that more than 40 million people in the country reportedly suffer from) removed for a cosmetic purpose, the up-to-date surgery techniques “greatly enhance appearance of the leg” and improve venous function, Curi added.

There are several aspects of Jersey City Medical Center’s new vascular suite warranting less trips out of Hudson County. The center also introduces new local options for coronary artery bypass grafting, mitral valve repair and advanced procedures such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR.

A treatment room at the medical center.

It is also an expansion of the region’s options for the latest diagnostic testing technologies that help determine whether patients have coronary artery disease, at a time when researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are finding that even mild COVID-19 cases can increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular problems for at least a year after diagnosis.

“By providing this kind of expertise or convenience for patients, we hope they can choose to stay close to home to get the type of care they expect or deserve without having to travel outside their area,” Curi said. “This is one of the few true centers of excellence for vascular care in a hospital setting like this in the state.

“And with the collaboration with the faculty of Rutgers (whose physicians will see patients at the center) … patients will have the most complex surgeries performed by true experts.”

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Reach RWJBarnabas Health at: rwjbh.org/jersey-city-medical-center or call 201-885-4750.

Reach Rutgers New Jersey Medical School at: njms.rutgers.edu or call 732-445-4636.