Venaseal™ — a sort of medical “super glue” — is one of the newest ways to treat varicose veins, yet it’s not really “new” at all. The procedure has been around for more than half a century and is still used today. (Neurosurgeons use medical “super glue” in brain surgery where efficacy is absolutely essential, so you can trust Venaseal™ without reservation!) The medical-grade adhesive is safe and remarkably effective, offering an alternative to surgery in many cases. It’s strong, rather like the Super Glue you’re familiar with but non-toxic and exceptionally good at “gluing” together biological tissue.
Venaseal™ is made from a substance called cyanoacrylate, and its value as a medical procedure for adhering tissue in the body was perfected by an interventional radiologist in the United States more than 10 years ago. He had previously used a similar product to block off blood vessels that were bleeding, such as those in brain aneurysms. The radiologist — Dr. Rob Rabe — realized that with some “tweaking” of the formula, there was a good reason to believe that a similar biological adhesive could be used to treat varicose veins. He proceeded to develop the cyanoacrylate polymer, which is a gel-like substance that can be injected (via a catheter) into a vein. This substance hardens when it comes into contact with the liquid. The best part is that it’s not uncomfortably hard or stiff whilst it heals within the body!
You’ve probably got questions …
- Is Venaseal™ a brand new option?
- Is it right for my specific varicose vein condition or location?
- What can I expect?
- How do I know that it’s safe?
Here are 5 things about Venaseal™ that will answer these questions and more:
You Won’t be a “Guinea Pig” if You Have a Venaseal™ Procedure
Medical adhesives like Venaseal™ have been around for approximately 50 years, so you don’t have to worry about being one of the first people to use the product. It’s been extensively tested, studied and successfully used by vascular surgeons in several countries around the globe countless times. Most importantly, although it’s been extensively tested, very few adverse effects have been found to-date!
You Won’t Need to be Hospitalized
The Venaseal™ procedure is done on a “walk-in”, outpatient basis using local anesthesia.
The Procedure Itself is Short and Straightforward
Although it involves inserting the “glue” with a needle through a small catheter (a tube-like object), the use of a local anesthetic (typically a single injection!) should take care of any discomfort except for the possibility of feeling a bit of pressure as the catheter is inserted. The doctor injects a small amount of Venaseal™ and waits a few minutes for it to “set”, then repeats the injection until the damaged vein is sealed. Sometimes, an ultrasound is performed alongside the actual treatment to guide the doctor. That’s it! No heat, no general anesthesia, and none of the “downtime” you’d experience with more invasive procedures like surgery.
Having a Venaseal™ procedure won’t take up a lot of your time, either. The whole procedure typically takes no longer than 20 minutes or so.
Venaseal™ Has an Excellent Rate of Success
Studies on the success rate of Venaseal™ for varicose veins has been very good indeed, with one Canadian study of 335 patient, in particular, showing a 100% success rate using the procedure!
Recovery Time is Minimal
Many patients can resume normal activities immediately following their procedure and a short time in the recovery room. There are no travel restrictions, and most patients can return to their normal activities right away.
If you’re wondering if Venaseal™ is the right treatment for your varicose veins and you’re a resident of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Canberra and you suffer from varicose veins, you’ve got access to a state-of-the-art facility in your area.At The Vein Institute CBD, our friendly, dedicated and experienced staff will examine you and let you know what your best options are! Why not give us a call today at 1300535017 to learn more about the benefits of a Venaseal™ procedure?