VenaSeal is one of the latest treatments for varicose veins. These are veins in which the valves have collapsed and no longer send blood to the heart but allow it to flow backward and pool. This results in bulging, twisted blood vessels that can be seen beneath the skin.
VenaSeal closes up the vein with a type of glue called cyanoacrylate. Despite its daunting name, this is the type of glue that closes surgical wounds in the absence of sutures and has done so since the 1950s. It is favored by doctors because it doesn’t react with the body.
Who is a Candidate for VenaSeal?
A candidate for VenaSeal has superficial varicose veins or spider veins, those thin veins that resemble a spider’s web. They are not dangerous but can itch. Over time they may lead to varicose veins.
During a consultation, a vein specialist examines the patient and finds out if they’re a good candidate for VenaSeal. A person isn’t a good candidate if they prove to be allergic to the adhesive that the doctor uses during VenaSeal.
The VenaSeal Treatment
During the procedure, the patient reclines on a treatment table. The doctor uses ultrasound to find the problematic vein then numbs the area with local anesthetic. They then insert a catheter, followed by a needle that is passed into the varicose vein. A wire is threaded through the needle, and the needle is pulled out. The catheter is then pushed up along the inserted wire just above the top of the vein.
With the catheter in place, the doctor injects the glue and withdraws the catheter about 3 centimeters. The doctor waits for three minutes to let the glue set, then injects more glue. Again, the catheter is withdrawn a bit, but this time the wait is only 30 seconds before more glue is injected. The procedure is over when the length of the vein has been treated, and the catheter is fully withdrawn. The procedure takes about 15 minutes.
The blood that the treated vein was supposed to carry is now shunted to other, healthier veins.
After the Treatment
VenaSeal is an outpatient procedure, so the patient goes home soon after it has been completed. Indeed, the doctor encourages the patient to walk around right away but avoid really strenuous activities for at least two days. Patients also need to avoid activities that put pressure on the veins in the legs, such as sitting on an airplane or other conveyance for a long time or standing for hours without rest.
If you have varicose veins that are both unattractive and painful, reach out to the professionals here at Rejuveination located in Cincinnati, OH to learn more about VenaSeal. We are happy to set up a consultation!