HELPING YOUR BODY WORK BETTER AND LOOK BETTER
WHAT IS VENASEAL TREATMENT FOR?
Varicose veins are veins that are large, long, swollen, and twisted veins that usually appear on the legs, generally on the inside of the calf or thigh.
Varicose veins are at least 3mm wide (about the size of 3 grains of salt), but can be much larger, and they may bulge out from the skin. Normal veins have one-way valves, so that blood can flow in one direction only: back to your heart. However, if the valves in the veins weaken or get damaged, this can impact the flow of blood. Instead of flowing back towards the heart, since the valves no longer work correctly, the blood is at the mercy of gravity and can instead flow backwards and pool in the veins. In turn, the veins start to swell, which causes the varicose veins. The more the veins swell, the more they cause damage to the vein, leading to a vicious cycle where the varicose veins can worsen over time. Some varicose veins may be painless, but some may be painful or itchy. Other symptoms can include swelling of the ankles or legs and a heavy feeling in the legs. In more severe cases, non-healing leg sores can develop, and skin can become discolored or develop a rash. Large varicose veins increase your risk of forming blood clots.
HOW DOES VENASEAL TREATMENT WORK?
VenaSeal is an FDA-approved device your doctor may use if it becomes necessary to permanently close a varicose vein.
Your body will then be able to re-route your blood through other, healthier veins. VenaSeal consists of an adhesive (a special medical glue) that will permanently block up the varicose vein. Before the VenaSeal procedure, your doctor will perform an ultrasound of your leg to map the varicose vein that needs to be closed. When it is time for the procedure, your doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb your leg. A needle with a catheter (a small, flexible tube) will be inserted into the varicose vein, and an ultrasound will guide the catheter to the right spot in the varicose vein to close it off. The procedure should not be painful, but you might feel some mild pressure in your leg. The VenaSeal device will insert a small amount of special adhesive that will close the vein, and your doctor will compress the vein so that the adhesive sets correctly. The catheter will then be removed and a bandage placed on the site. The VenaSeal procedure may be done in your doctor’s office and does not require a hospital stay. The rate of successful vein closure with VenaSeal is very similar to that of other vein-closing procedures. Because your symptoms are caused by the varicose vein, you may notice improvement as soon as the vein is closed up.
Complications are also similar to those for other vein-closing procedures and may include infection, pain, and inflammation. Advantages include that most people can resume normal activities very quickly after the procedure, and do not need to wear compression stockings after the procedure.