Venaseal Glue

After the glue is injected, the vein gradually is absorbed by your body. Symptoms in the leg often improve immediately.

Venaseal is an FDA approved adhesive also commonly known as a medical grade glue (n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate) which is used for treating varicose veins of the legs. It is the newest cutting-edge option for closing the saphenous veins. The most commonly treated veins are the great and small saphenous veins which are the most common cause of varicose veins.

The adhesive is a clear liquid that rapidly polymerizes into a soft and rubbery material. You can’t feel it once it is inserted into the vein. It is an implantable device which means it cannot be removed.

Medical applications for adhesives or glue have been used for decades. These include for sealing arterio-venous malformations in the brain, for esophageal and gastric varices, closure of varicoceles, closing skin wounds, and many orthopedic procedures.

Venaseal has many advantages over alternative methods of treating the saphenous veins.

Venaseal has many advantages over alternative methods of treating the saphenous veins.

vein glue

The vein glue is inserted inside of the targeted vein to close it and shut it down. Since the blood in the saphenous veins is flowing in the wrong direction when you have varicose veins, they must be eliminated to help rid you of your unwanted varicose veins in most cases.

Blood is rerouted to the nearby healthy veins. Your circulation is improved.

The Venaseal procedure involves inserting a small catheter inside the saphenous vein. One injection of local anesthetic is injected just below the knee. Ultrasound guidance is used during the procedure to guide the catheter placement.

After the glue is injected, the vein gradually is absorbed by your body. Symptoms in the leg often improve immediately.

Often the surface varicose veins will decrease in size or shrink. Later, either phlebectomy (removal of the surface varicose veins through mini incisions) or injections (sclerotherapy) is required in addition to the Venaseal procedure to complete the process.

Venaseal replaces either laser or radiofrequency treatment of the saphenous vein. Venaseal usually requires the previously described adjunctive procedures to complete the entire removal of your varicose veins.

The advantages include:

  • It is not painful.
  • Only one injection of local anesthetic is required.
  • Sedation is not required but is available for those who want it.
  • There is no risk of burns, numbness or thermal injury.
  • Heavy compression support stockings are not required.
  • You can resume normal activities and even exercising immediately.
  • You can return to work immediately without taking time off of work.

The main downside of the Venaseal procedure is the 15-20% risk of inflammation along the inside of the thigh. This is called phlebitis. It is usually treated with anti-inflammatory medication but if severe may require steroids.

Blood clots after the procedure are rare. This adhesive should not be used in patients who have a known hypersensitivity to adhesives, phlebitis, blood clots or infection of the leg at the time of the procedure.

It has been proven to be safe and effective in medical studies carried out over three years. An insurance code for the procedure should be available in starting in 2018.

Take the next step, contact the Happel Laser and Vein Center today.

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