The VenaSeal Procedure
What is VenaSeal?
Venaseal uses a specially formulated injectable adhesive to treat diseased veins. The adhesive is delivered endovenously and permanently seals the vein shut, restoring healthy circulation and blood flow.
This unique treatment is used to permanently remove varicose veins that are close to the surface of the skin. VenaSeal may also be used to close the main veins in the leg that cause varicose veins.
The VenaSeal Procedure
Before the procedure, your doctor will use a needle to numb the site where your vein will be accessed. Once the area is numb, a small catheter will be inserted into your leg. Patients may experience some slight pressure as the catheter is being placed.
Once the catheter is placed within the vein, small amounts of the medical adhesive will be delivered to specific areas along the vein. The adhesive acts quickly, within seconds, bonding the vein walls together to seal the diseased vein. Ultrasound will be used throughout this procedure to help guide and place the catheter correctly.
Once complete, the catheter is removed, and a bandage is placed over the site.
For the following few hours after treatment, the vein will begin to harden permanently, eventually being absorbed by the body. Once the diseased vein is sealed, blood flow will be redirected to nearby healthy veins.
Benefits of VenaSeal for Varicose Veins
- Non-surgical treatment
- Approved by the FDA
- No pre or post-procedure drugs
- High success rate
- Minimal pain
- Minimal impact on daily life and activities
- Just one needle stick
- Reduced recovery time
- No need for compression socks
Treatment Outcomes Using VenaSeal Treatment
VenaSeal is highly effective, minimally invasive and safe. In fact, studies have shown a nearly 99% closure rate at 6 months post-treatment.
A single, small injection site greatly reduces patients the discomfort and speeds up the recovery time.
Also, VenaSeal can be used on more than one vein in the same procedure. After case is simple, without the need for compression stockings post-procedure.
Risks of VenaSeal Treatment
VenaSeal is minimally invasive with low risks. However, all medical procedures carry some inherent risk. Below are possible risks associated with VenaSeal.
- Allergic reaction to the VenaSeal adhesive
- Arteriovenous fistula
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Edema in the treated leg
- Infection at the access site
- Mild inflammation of the cutaneous and subcutaneous tissue
- Pulmonary embolism
- Urticaria or ulceration at the injection site
- Vascular rupture and perforation
- Visible scarring
- Speak with your doctor to learn whether VenaSeal is appropriate.
Other Treatment Options
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution (“sclerosant”) or foam directly into the varicose vein. The solution irritates the vein, causing it to shrink and collapse.
Endovenous Laser Ablation
Laser ablation utilizes laser heat to contract and seal the unhealthy vein. The heat ultimately causes the vein to contract and seal shut. Unlike the ClosureFast, peak laser temperatures can reach over 1334 F (729 C), which can lead to more pain and bruising after treatment.
During vein stripping, your doctor will make an incision in your groin and tie off the diseased vein. A tool is then threaded through the leg vein to pull the vein out through a second incision made just above your calf.
Frequently Asked Questions About VenaSeal
What Are the Side Effects?
There are very few side effects associated with VenaSeal. The most common side effect reported is vein inflammation known as phlebitis or swelling of the vein.
Many patients return to their regular activity right after the procedure.
Why Choose VenaSeal?
Unlike other heat-based treatments, VenaSeal does not involve multiple injections of anesthetic, which allows patients to quickly and comfortably return to their normal activities.
Also, VenaSeal does not involve the risk of nerve injury or burning that is associated with thermal-based treatments.
Is VenaSeal Painful?
Most patients do not find VenaSeal to be painful.
Does VenaSeal Cause Bruising?
Most patients report little to no bruising after the VenaSeal procedure.
Is VenaSeal Covered by Insurance?
VenaSeal is now covered for medical treatment by Medicare and a growing number of health insurance carries.
Before treatment, consult your insurance company to determine whether VenaSeal is a covered medical treatment.
Am I A Candidate for VenaSeal?
VenaSeal is performed on both men and women who suffer from significant, painful varicose veins.
Contact Restore MD Today!
Call our office to schedule a thorough evaluation to determine if VenaSeal is the best option to resolve your symptoms.