To Treat Varicose Veins without Surgery
VenaSeal™ is the latest advancement in varicose vein treatment to be approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VenaSeal™ closes problematic superficial veins using a medical grade adhesive, or glue. Medical adhesives have been used elsewhere in the body for decades to close down abnormal arteries and vascular formations, and are now being used to permanently close varicose veins.
VenaSeal™ effectively treats the underlying cause of your varicose veins without surgery, putting an end to your discomfort and unwanted visible effects of venous disease without a lengthy recovery time. The unique features of VenaSeal™ include no requirement for compression hose after treatment, no tumescent local anesthesia and immediate return to normal activities.
VenaSeal™ is emerging as the new non-thermal and non-tumescent technique. Ablation procedures like laser and radio frequency close veins using high temperatures. This causes as scarring response, closing the vein and allowing the body to absorb the scarred vein over time. These techniques use heat upwards of 120 degrees Celsius. This requires the use of tumescent anesthesia. Tumescent is a dilute Lidocaine mixture that is injected around the vein to anesthetize the area and to provide a heat-sink so surrounding tissue is not damaged during treatment. Tumescent is administered through multiple injections up the leg. Though most patients tolerate the injections very well, it is certainly the ‘worst’ part of the procedure. VenaSeal™ does not use heat to close the targeted vein, therefore tumescent is not necessary.
VenaSeal™ uses glue, much like the skin adhesives used to close wounds and incisions. The physician first accesses the vein like starting an IV. Once the vein is accessed a small catheter is advanced to the top of the target vein. Ultrasound is used to guide the catheter to the proper placement and to ensure the glue is properly applied. The physician then drops tiny amounts of glue in measured intervals down the length of the vein. After each drop of glue, pressure is applied to glue the vein closed. Once the vein is completely glued, the catheter is removed and a bandage is placed over the access site.
- No heat means no tumescent, which means less needle pokes!
- Less restrictions compared to ablations, you are able to resume exercise and most activities almost immediately
- Covered by Medicare
- Multiple veins can be treated on the same day, further expediting your treatment
- Compression stockings do not have to be worn post procedure
The VenaSeal™ system is unique in that it is the only non-tumescent, non-thermal, and non-sclerosant procedure to permanently close varicose veins, and uses a proprietary medical adhesive to seal the diseased veins. The VenaSeal™ system has been proven in clinical trials to be safe, effective, and gentler than some other types of treatment. For example, it can be administered without the use of tumescent anesthesia, which avoids the discomfort of multiple needle sticks.
What to Expect after Your VenaSeal™ Varicose Vein Treatment
Your post-treatment care will be tailored to meet your needs. This will usually be discussed during your consultation and again before the procedure. You will have a small bandage on the puncture site where the catheter was inserted, similar to what you would have after a routine blood draw. Your doctor will provide you with instructions for changing the bandage and tips for keeping it dry.
You may be told to rest after your procedure depending on your health status. However, many healthy people who have had VenaSeal™ treatments returned to their normal daily activities immediately after treatment. If there is anything specific you should avoid after your procedure, your doctor will tell you prior to administering the treatment.
Following your VenaSeal™ treatment, the swelling and discomfort associated with your varicose veins will disappear quickly and the bulging veins will noticeably improve over time. As the weeks pass, the unsightly bluish color will begin to fade as well.