Millions of men and women suffer from varicose veins: bulging, twisted, purplish veins that can cause pain, burning and itching in addition to their unsightly appearance. Without care, varicose veins can interfere with normal circulation, resulting in more significant symptoms that can impair mobility and decrease overall quality of life. VenaSeal™ is an advanced varicose vein treatment technique that uses a special adhesive delivered to the interior of the vein. When dispensed, the adhesive seals the vein and prevents the flow of blood so varicose vein symptoms are relieved.
How does VenaSeal™ work to improve circulation?
VenaSeal™ is sometimes referred to as “super glue” for varicose veins because it's so successful in sealing damaged veins, so symptoms are relieved. In fact, the treatment is successful in about 97 percent of patients.
Varicose veins develop when tiny valves inside veins begin to malfunction. Normally, these valves open and shut to keep blood flowing forward, back toward the heart. Sometimes, the valves can become damaged, especially as we get older and wear and tear take their toll. VenaSeal™ improves circulation by shutting off these damaged veins so blood is “rerouted” to neighboring healthy veins, restoring the normal flow of blood.
Benefits of VenaSeal™ treatment
VenaSeal™ doesn't use lasers or radiofrequency devices, so there's no risk of heat damage to the surrounding tissues, and it only uses a single injection site, eliminating the need for multiple or large incisions. Using a single, small injection site also reduces discomfort and helps patients heal and recover more quickly. Plus, the VenaSeal™ technique can be used on more than one vein in a single procedure, which means patients don't have to schedule multiple appointments. Finally, VenaSeal™ doesn't require the use of tight compression hose following the procedure, so aftercare is simple and hassle-free.
What happens during VenaSeal™ vein treatment?
VenaSeal™ is performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. Once the treatment area is numb, a small incision is made and a thin, flexible catheter is inserted into the damaged vein. Once the catheter is in position, the adhesive is injected into the vein and mild pressure is applied to seal the vein. Patients can resume their normal routines after a brief period of rest and observation. Following treatment, the vein will gradually be absorbed and eliminated by the body.
Am I a candidate for VenaSeal™ vein treatment?
VenaSeal™ is used for both men and women with large, painful, unsightly varicose veins, and while it can be a great solution for many patients, it's not always the best choice. Prior to treatment, patients will undergo a thorough evaluation to determine if VenaSeal™ is the best option for their needs or if another approach is more appropriate. Dr. Stevens is a top-ranked varicose vein doctor in San Luis Obispo, with significant experience in surgical and nonsurgical treatments aimed at achieving optimal results in each patient. To learn more about the VenaSeal™ procedure or to schedule a varicose vein evaluation, call the office today.