Is Superglue Effective for Varicose Veins?

February 8, 2019 The Vein Institute

A special type of superglue for varicose veins, VenaSealTM, represents the next generation in varicose vein treatment and permanently seals varicose veins shut permanently. But is Superglue effective for varicose veins and how does it compare to surgery?

Like most modern vein procedures such as sclerotherapy and endovenous laser ablation, the goal of VenaSeal is to seal the varicose vein shut. The body then naturally reroutes the blood through healthy veins in the area, while reabsorbing the shut vein. The reabsorption causes the vein to disappear from sight.

Like the other procedures, VenaSealTM is minimally invasive, meaning it involves only a tiny incision or a needle stick. The procedure is performed right at our clinic, with no need to go to a hospital or have an anaesthetic.

What’s New About VenaSealTM:

  • Only one local anaesthetic injection is needed usually.
    There is no need for heat or thermal energy as with other procedures, so there is virtually no risk of nerve or skin injury.
  • As the glue sets in a few minutes, there is no lengthy recovery process – you’ll be up and on your way with no restrictions on your activities.
  • There is no need to wear compression stockings.

The result of VenaSealTM is healthier legs, improved circulation, and reduction or elimination of the risk factors and annoying symptoms that accompany varicose veins.

What is VenaSealTM Made of?

VenaSealTM is a type of glue known as a “cyanoacrylate”. Cyanoacrylates are not new; this type of glue has been safely used to repair wounds and skin incisions for over 50 years. It has also been used to seal diseased arteries shut. VenaSealTM is simply a new application for a well-known adhesive substance currently used by physicians and surgeons worldwide.

How Effective is VenaSealTM?

Many ask us “Is Superglue effective for varicose veins?” Well, numerous studies have shown VenaSealTM to have at least a 92% success rate over 5 years, which is equivalent to the current standard endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation procedures. However, VenaSealTM has the advantages of not requiring laser or radiofrequency energy, which carry some risks of skin burns or nerve damage, and no need to wear compression stockings after the procedure.

How Does the Procedure Work?

On arrival at our clinic, your leg will be painlessly scanned to find the varicose vein(s) to be sealed shut. After administering a small amount of local anesthetic to your leg, a tiny catheter will be inserted into the vein to deliver the VenaSealTM glue. Vein(s) will shut within a few minutes, and a band-aid will be applied to the injection point. You can then return to your usual activities immediately.

After 3 weeks, you will have a follow-up appointment at our clinic to ensure that the treatment was successful. If needed, smaller branch veins can then be treated with sclerotherapy. At 6 weeks after treatment, you will have a final scan to ensure that your procedure has been completely effective.

How Do I know if VenaSealTM is Right for me?

Please call our office at 1300 535 017 for an initial appointment. No referral is necessary.
During your consultation, one of our doctors will explain whether Venaseal is right for your veins.