About the VenaSeal™ Closure System
Venous insufficiency is a very common condition resulting from decreased blood flow from the leg veins up to the heart. Normally, one-way valves in the veins keep blood flowing toward the heart, against the force of gravity. When the valves weaken and don’t close properly, blood begins to flow backwards. This condition is called vein reflux.
Veins that have lost their valve effectiveness become elongated, rope-like, bulged, and thickened. These painful veins are commonly known as varicose veins.
- The VenaSeal™ closure system works by sealing or closing the diseased vein with a specially formulated medical adhesive. The adhesive seals the vein and blood is rerouted through nearby healthy veins.
- The procedure is designed to minimize patient discomfort and reduce recovery time allowing many patients to return to normal activity immediately.
How is VenaSeal™ Different Than Radiofrequency Ablation?
- VenaSeal™ uses adhesive to seal the vein while Radiofrequency Ablation uses heat.
- During the VenaSeal™ procedure patients receive only one need stick to receive the numbing medication whereas Radiofrequency Ablation requires multiple needle sticks.
- Unlike Radiofrequency Ablation, compression stockings are not required after the VenaSeal™ Procedure.
- Although minimal with both procedures, patients report less pain and bruising with VenaSeal™.
Is VenaSeal™ Right for Me?
Your vein specialist from the Vein Center at Brinton Lake can best determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. There are certain conditions such as thrombophlebitis migrans, acute superficial thrombophlebitis and acute sepsis that will prevent patients from being candidates for the VenaSeal™ procedure.
What Should I Expect During VenaSeal™ Treatment?
During the procedure, one of our vein specialists will fill a syringe with the medical adhesive, which is inserted into the VenaSeal™ closure system’s dispensing gun that is attached to a catheter. Utilizing ultrasound imaging for a clear visual, this catheter is then guided into the diseased vein.
The physician conducts a series of trigger pulls all along the affected vein to deliver the medical adhesive in necessary areas. Compression is applied to the leg during the procedure to maintain adequate blood flow.
Once your VenaSeal™ treatment is over, your vein specialist will continue to monitor your venous flow until it is determined that the procedure was effective. Patients often return to regular activities immediately after their VenaSeal™ procedure, though they should consult with their physician before making any major changes to their daily routine.