What Is VenaSeal Vein Glue?
The most recent innovation in the treatment of varicose veins is the use of medical glue known as VenaSeal (cyanoacrylate) to physically shut down and seal the main defective vein.
VenaSeal Adhesive (Glue) is used to shut the main saphenous vein in the thigh. Once the vein has been glued shut, it will undergo a process of hardening (sclerosis) and will be gradually absorbed by the body. The procedure is minimally invasive.
How Does VenaSeal Work?
The VenaSeal procedure involves the placement of a very small amount of VenaSeal vein glue into the vein through a small catheter. Once the affected vein is closed, blood is immediately re-routed through other healthy veins in the leg. Unlike other treatments, VenaSeal does not require a regional nerve block or large volumes of anaesthesia. Furthermore, there are no pre-procedures drugs involved and patients can return to their normal activities right after the treatment. Unlike heat-based procedures such as endovenous laser or radiofrequency ablation, with VenaSeal there is no risk of skin burns or nerve damage. VenaSeal does not require any immediate post-treatment pain medication or uncomfortable compression stockings.
What Does It Involve?
Initially you will have an ultrasound to map the veins and determine if you have venous reflux disease. If appropriate, The Heart Institute of East Texas can perform a procedure to correct this problem. This procedure is minimally invasive and can be done as an outpatient at our vein and leg pain center. These are done as outpatient, you will walk in and walk out same day, and you are able to go about your regular daily activities afterward. The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes, but plan to be at the office for about 2 hours for the check-in, pre-procedure, and post-procedure. Your cardiologist will discuss this procedure and if you are a candidate at your initial visit.