For some people, varicose veins are a source of embarrassment. For many others, however, these abnormal blood vessels represent discomfort and a significant medical issue. When conservative measures such as shedding excess pounds and wearing compression stockings fail to cause sufficient improvement, a vein specialist often recommends eliminating troublesome veins. One of the newest and most popular varicose vein treatment options is the convenient VenaSeal™ closure system.
Varicose Vein Treatment Overview
Almost everyone knows someone who suffers from varicose veins. According to Stony Brook University, these troublesome blood vessels develop in more than 30 million Americans between 18 and 70. Females face twice the risk of developing this disorder than males do.
The legs are the most common site of these bulging, ropelike blue or purple veins. They develop when vessels dilate because of pressure from blood that pools behind defective valves. Symptoms range from aching and discomfort to pain, swelling, itching, skin discoloration, and ulcers.
For decades, the standard method of eliminating varicose veins was surgical stripping. Vein specialists seldom use this extreme procedure today. Among effective current methods are thermal ablation, microphlebectomy, endovenous non-thermal ablation, Varithena®, and VenaSeal™. In some cases, sclerotherapy, the so-called gold standard for eliminating spider veins, is appropriate for small varicose veins. All are outpatient procedures.
How the VenaSeal™ Closure System Works
VenaSeal™ relies on the use of medical glue to seal off defective veins. It is the only treatment available that does not rely on heat or a sclerosing agent to destroy varicose vessels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved this therapy in 2015.
The system targets veins that cause problems and that lie close to a patient’s skin. Its components include a catheter, syringes, dispenser gun, dispenser tips, guide wire, and an adhesive.
Using ultrasound imaging as a guide, a vein specialist inserts a catheter into the targeted vein. This facilitates passage of the adhesive, a clear liquid that turns into a solid, into the diseased vessel. Use of this system permanently treats abnormal veins when the adhesives seal them.
VenaSeal™ manufacturer Medtronic notes that patients might experience stinging when the physician uses a needle to numb the treatment site and some pressure with catheter placement. As the doctor positions the catheter in specific spots along the vein, sensing some mild tugging or pulling is normal.
Following the procedure, the physician removes the catheter and places a bandage over the insertion site. After a rest in a recovery area, patients receive a summary of the treatment and physician orders for recovery. They are normally able to return home the same day.
While a number of effective therapies eliminate varicose veins, no treatment is able to prevent new ones from developing. For this reason, some patients opt to return periodically for treatment when new varicose vessels form.
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