What Is VenaSeal Treatment for Varicose Veins?
What Is VenaSeal?
VenaSeal is a vein treatment for varicose veins in which a vein doctor uses a medical-grade glue to shut down and seal diseased vein. The VenaSeal closure system is a permanent treatment for varicose veins in the legs.
Arteries carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Veins carry blood from the reaches of your body back towards your heart. Veins have to fight the force of gravity to bring blood upwards. Special one-way valves in the veins trap blood in small segments of the blood vessel so that blood does not flow back downwards in between heartbeats.
Varicose veins occur when the valves in superficial veins fail to allow blood to flow backwards, where it pools in the veins of your lower legs. Varicose veins are associated with venous insufficiency, which is a condition where you have insufficient blood flow in your legs. Pooling of blood in your lower legs is common with venous insufficiency too.
Treatment of Varicose Veins with VenaSeal
Vein doctors treat these varicose veins by sealing the affected vein with the adhesive VenaSeal agent. Once blood stops coursing through the varicose vein, the diseased vein shuts down and begins to disintegrate. Nearby tissue absorbs the leftover parts of the treated vein, which causes the varicose vein to disappear from the surface of your skin. Your body reroutes blood through other veins.
There are two types of veins: superficial veins and deep veins. As their names suggest, deep veins lie deep within your body and superficial veins sit just below the surface of your skin. Varicose veins do not cause symptoms in most cases but, in some cases, varicose veins cause mild to moderate pain, sores known as skin ulcers, blood clots, or other problems.
VenaSeal treats varicose veins that occur in superficial veins and that cause symptoms.
A vein doctor performs VenaSeal in an outpatient setting, using a sterile kit that includes the adhesive and a delivery system. The adhesive contains a specially formulated n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate, which is a type of adhesive used in medical settings. The delivery system includes syringes to hold the glue, a dispenser gun and tips that dispense the glue, a guidewire, and a thin, flexible tube known as a catheter to deliver the glue from the syringe to the vein.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved VenaSeal in 2015. It was the first system approved by the FDA to treat varicose veins by sealing the veins closed with an adhesive. The treatment does not involve the use of heat or incisions, so you can return to your normal activities immediately after undergoing this outpatient treatment.
For more information about VenaSeal, make an appointment with your expert Vein doctor at the Vascular Medicine Center in King of Prussia. Please call at 610-813-6300