Dr. Anthony Alfieri of the Delaware Advanced Vein Center in Newark, DE is a cardiologist and vein expert. He completed his degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds board certification in multiple areas, making him highly qualified to provide treatments like mechanical obstruction and chemical ablation, also known as MOCA.
What is MOCA?
MOCA stands for mechanical obstruction and chemical ablation. This particular treatment permanently closes a vein without the need for a large incision.
What Types of Conditions Does MOCA treat?
The treatment is only currently performed on patients who have spider veins. It may be used on small or medium veins. Generally, a more invasive procedure is needed to treat larger veins.
What is Chemical Ablation?
Chemical ablation is a term that describes the use of a chemical injected into a vein to close it. The solution tends to irritate the lining of the vein, which causes it to close. Once the vein closes, it will eventually reabsorb into the body.
Does MOCA Hurt?
MOCA is a painless procedure that requires only short micro-incisions. It damages very little of the area around it, meaning the tissue, nerves and other veins remain without being affected.
Why Should a Patient Choose to Undergo MOCA?
A patient may request MOCA, but it is ultimately the doctor’s final decision about which treatment is best. If the patient is accepted for MOCA, he or she benefits from a procedure that requires no healing time, has very little side effects and is quick to receive. When used in the early stages, the patient’s vein is totally removed, and it can prevent further complications.
What Are the Side Effects?
There’s the possibility the patient may experience bruising around the site, but this risk is much less than other treatments for this condition. It’s possible the patient will have an allergic reaction to the chemical.
What’s the Recovery Like from MOCA?
There really isn’t a recovery after the procedure. The patient is able to go back to work and resume other daily activities directly after the doctor completes the treatment. Because there aren’t large cuts or sutures, the patient won’t even have to clean out the area.