Medical Adhesive (VenaSeal™ Closure System)
The VenaSeal™ procedure is a revolutionary new varicose vein treatment and is the only FDA approved procedure to use medical adhesive (medical grade super glue) to close diseased superficial veins. Once the diseased vein has been glued shut, it will undergo a process of hardening (referred to as Sclerosis), blood is immediately re-routed through other healthy veins in the leg and the affected varicose vein will be gradually absorbed by the body. The procedure is very safe and minimally invasive. Most patients convey that, "it is a painless vein treatment."
VenaSeal™ is truly “state of the art” in vein therapy. This procedure eliminates the need for multiple injections of a local anesthetic (tumescent anesthesia) and is considered as effective as Endovenous Laser Ablation but does not involve the use of heat. For these reasons, medical adhesive is the most “pain free” venous treatment available to date. A small amount of anesthetic at the entry point is all that is required. Beyond that, patients will not feel any pain or discomfort.
VenaSeal has been meticulously trialed in the United States and Europe over several years. Results published show a low risk of complications and excellent closure results. The VeClose Study out of Germany, showed a 98.9% closure rate at 6 months.
Unlike other varicose vein treatments, there is rapid (if not immediate) return to normal activities and minimal to no bruising. Compression stockings are not required following this procedure and walking immediately afterward is encouraged. Normal daily activity can be resumed right away. Patients have expressed that their night leg cramps and leg pain resolves very quickly, often with the ability to sleep without awaking, the same day of treatment. For individuals who have not had a solid night sleep in years because of leg surgery fear, this is certainly a welcome in-office alternative to fix painful leg veins.
The only downside to this procedure is that it is not covered under medical insurance at this time. As the insurance companies update billing codes, approvals and procedures this is expected to change.
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