Varicose veins symptoms cause a significant amount of distress – you may be familiar with the burning, throbbing and itching associated with problematic veins. Years ago, the only option for varicose vein treatment was surgical, vein stripping. Today, advances in technology mean we have non-surgical treatment alternatives.
Over the past twenty years, vein specialists have typically suggested thermal ablation, in the form of lasers or radiofrequency, as a less-invasive alternative to surgery. With thermal ablation, heat is focused inside the vein to close and permanently eliminate it. Today you have another option; you can have your troublesome varicose veins glued with VenaSeal vein closure. At The Vein Institute, we do offer VenaSeal, the safe and effective alternative to thermal ablation.
First, What Causes Varicose Veins
Your veins have a one-way valve to direct your blood flow to your heart. When a valve doesn’t close sufficiently, it allows blood to leak backward into the vein. This is known as venous insufficiency. Your bulging, uncomfortable veins are the result of leaky valves. Varicose veins do not heal on their own and get worse over time. As your veins enlarge and twist, you may begin to experience complications, such as pain, skin ulcers, and blood clots. You can read more here about how damaged vein valves can lead to more serious health concerns.
Treating Varicose Veins with Thermal Ablation
Thermal ablation is less invasive and more comfortable than stripping surgery. During thermal ablation, diseased veins are typically injected with a tumescent agent, a compound that numbs the treatment area and conducts heat, through a small catheter. The number of injections is dependent on the length of the vein. Thermal ablation typically requires multiple tumescent injections.
After the area is numb, a short burst of heat is used to injure and collapse the vein. Your body will eventually replace the vein with connective tissue as it heals from the heat exposure and the collapsed vein is absorbed.
Recovery from thermal ablation will take a few days however you are able to walk out of the treatment and most patients can return to work immediately. Compression garments are typically worn after the procedure to facilitate healing.
Treating Varicose Veins with VenaSeal
The VenaSeal closure system is a safe and effective alternative to surgery or thermal ablation. This non-thermal alternative uses a safe, non-toxic, pliable medical adhesive to seal varicose veins. A small, predetermined amount of medical adhesive is injected into the vein, through a small catheter, at a single entry point. You won’t need to endure multiple injections. Some of the additional VenaSeal advantages include:
- Less discomfort and bruising
- No need for a tumescent agent
- No risk of nerve damage or skin burns
- need for post-treatment pain medication
- to your normal activities, including work
- No exercise restrictions
- No need to struggle with compression stockings while veins heal
What You Need to Know About VenaSeal Vein Closure Treatment
Your VenaSeal vein closure treatment should take 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the length of the vein. During your treatment, your vein specialist will use ultrasound technology to determine the best location for vein closure. The site will be numbed with a single injection per vein. A small, painless catheter will deliver a specified amount of adhesive to the affected vein.
Temporary pressure is applied to the treatment area to help the vein seal. VenaSeal adhesive sets quickly, that’s why it is often referred to as the “superglue” vein treatment. Your treated vein will be safely absorbed by your body over the next few months. Vein treatment will not harm your circulation. When diseased veins are eliminated, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.
There is no need to endure problematic varicose veins. While VenaSeal may not be right for everyone, it could be your best varicose vein treatment plan. To learn more about VenaSeal and alternative treatment options in Australia, contact The Vein Institute. We are proud to offer clinic locations in Sydney CBD, Melbourne, and Canberra.