How VenaSeal Treatment for Varicose Veins Works

September 10, 2019 Erin Webley

Are you suffering from varicose veins and looking for non-intrusive treatment options, which don’t require surgery? VenaSeal may be an option for you.

What Is VenaSeal Treatment?

VenaSeal is one of the newer and most advanced methods for treating varicose veins. It is a minimally invasive procedure that introduces a special type of super glue – Cyanoacrylate – to seal shut the damaged vein. Once the varicose veins are shut off, the body will naturally reroute blood through other healthy veins in the area. And this will lead to the sealed vein being reabsorbed and disappearing.

How Safe is VenaSeal?

While the use of VenaSeal is relatively new, the use of Cyanoacrylate is not. For over 50 years the Cyanoacrylate glue has been used by medical practitioners to seal shut diseased arteries as well as repair skin incisions and wounds with no issues arising. Therefore, the use of VenaSeal is simply a new application of this highly effective adhesive, that has been safely used for decades.

How Does VenaSeal Work?

The VenaSeal vein treatment is a simple procedure that lasts only a few minutes. The treatment involves the
following steps:

  • Using Ultrasound, the leg is scanned to locate the varicose veins.
  • A small dosage of local anesthetic is administered to your leg.
  • Using a small catheter, the VenaSeal adhesive is introduced into the vein.
  • The physician applies minimal pressure to the leg to aid in the sealing of the vein.
  • The small catheter is removed, and a band-aid applied to cover the wound at the injection point.

After the introduction of the VenaSeal glue to the affected veins, it takes only a few minutes for the veins to seal off. And once this happens, you are good to return to your normal activities.

A fortnight after your initial varicose vein treatment a follow-up appointment is required to ensure the success of the procedure. Should there be smaller branch veins in need of treatment, this will be carried out using sclerotherapy.

Another 3 weeks later, you can expect another follow-up appointment for a scan of your leg to verify that all the affected veins have remained shut. At this stage, the treatment can be declared completely effective if the results are as per expected.

How Effective is VenaSeal?

According to research carried out by the Center for Vein Restoration in Mesa, USA, to determine the effectiveness of the VenaSeal treatment of varicose veins spanning up to 5 years, data analyzed indicated that the VenaSeal treatment has a 91.4% closure rate. This is the same closure rate as the popular varicose vein treatment options such as laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation available today.

Pros of VenaSeal Treatment

The treatment of varicose veins using VenaSeal has the following advantages to the patients:

  • It is a minimally invasive procedure; therefore very minimal pain is experienced.
  • It is a non-thermal procedure; it poses zero risks of either nerve or skin injury.
  • The procedure only requires a single dose of a small amount of local anesthesia to prepare the patient’s
    leg. This eliminates the need for tumescent anesthesia whose effects can last up to 18 hours.
  • The recovery period is extremely short, taking only just a few minutes; thus, you do not need to interrupt
    your everyday life to recover from the treatment procedure.
  • Compression socks are not an after-treatment requirement as is with other varicose veins treatment

Cons of VenaSeal Treatment

Though the VenaSeal treatment is minimally invasive, there are chances that a patient can experience slight inflammation at the injection point after undergoing the procedure.

Is VenaSeal Better Than Laser?

Both VenaSeal and laser ablation are effective treatment options for varicose veins. However, each is more suitable for different stages of vein treatment. While the VenaSeal closure system is most suited for small veins, the laser ablation system is best for large varicose veins.

What Problems May Arise From Using VenaSeal?

Rare risks do exist with VenaSeal treatment. These include an allergic reaction, deep vein thrombosis, soreness, and pigmentation. Fortunately, these risks are no more than other treatments for your varicose veins.

Seek Expert Advice

The doctors at The Vein Institute specialise in varicose vein treatment. We offer patients a comprehensive treatment program to treat varicose veins, with non-surgical laser treatment techniques. The benefits of laser treatment to patients are;

  • Walk-in walk-out treatment
  • 98% success rate
  • Extremely effective
  • Can be performed at a clinic (no hospitalisation)
  • No general anaesthetic
  • Medicare rebates apply
  • No downtime or time away from work

To book a consultation and discuss our treatment program, call 1300 535 017. Or, complete the form below to receive a call back from one of The Vein Institute team.