The Venaseal Story – A “Eureka” moment.
The idea to use “glue” to seal veins began like in so many other things with an idea. Dr Rod Raabe an interventional radiologist (a specialist in imaging procedures and interventions) had previous experience in using glue (cyanoacrylate) to close diseased arteries which have a much higher flow rate than varicose veins. After discussing the ideas with a few colleagues another 2.5 years was spent engineering a uniquely thick glue before approval was given for it’s use in the USA, Europe and Australia. The approval process required rigorous testing in multiple centres in the USA and Europe but was fast tracked owing to the active ingredient cyanoacrylate being used in medicine for fifty years.
After adequate imaging almost any straight vein between 4mm and 16mm can be treated with the Venaseal procedure. Up to 5 straight veins can be treated at any one time.
A number of studies have suggested that Venaseal has a greater than 92% success rate over 5 years which is equivalent to gold standard treatment with endovenous laser ablation or radiofrequency ablation.
Recent short term studies have suggested that the closure rate at 3 months is greater than 96%.
All patients at The Vein Institute have follow up scans at six weeks to ensure that your procedure has been effective.
Surgery is not more effective than Venaseal treatment.
After your scan you will lie comfortably on the treatment bed. For those who are a little anxious Valium can be requested. Alternatively you may listen to music on your iPod or phone. You favourite music can also be requested on our stereo system (please let our reception staff know in advance).
The doctor will then prepare your leg for treatment before using a tiny amount of local anaesthetic to numb the access point for the procedure.
Your varicose vein is then accessed with the tiny amounts of glue being deposited alongs it’s length. A bandaid is then applied to the insertion site. There is usually no need for any compression stockings and you can return to work as normal.
It’s extremely uncommon for patients to experience significant pain during the procedure or after.
Yes all patients will require a follow up visit within 3 weeks after Venaseal treatment during which another scan is performed to make sure the treatment has worked. Sides branch veins may be treated with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy at this time if necessary.
The treated vein which is faulty is sealed. Blood which was leaking from it can not longer do so which helps your circulation system and stops the aching and throbbing experienced with varicose veins.
Extremely rarely you can have skin sensation being effected, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolus.
If there are any concerns after the procedure one of our doctors must be contacted.
Please call our office on 1300 535 017 to book a consult. No referral is required.