VenaSeal Closure System®
VenaSeal Closure System, covered by Medicare, is a non-thermal treatment which improves blood flow and relieves symptoms by sealing the diseased vein with specially formulated medical adhesive.
What is VenaSeal Closure System?
The Venaseal Closure System is a treatment that is used to seal off an incompetent vein with the use of the medical adhesive Venaseal product. It is increasingly popular because it is non-sclerosant, non-thermal, and non-tumescent.
This FDA-approved varicose vein treatment utilizes a clinically-proven adhesive to shut down an incompetent vein. Discomfort is remarkably minimal because this treatment doesn’t require tumescent anesthesia.
How Does Venaseal Closure System Work?
VenaSeal closure system is a non-sclerosant, non-thermal, and non-tumescent vein treatment. It works by delivering a special type of adhesive to the interior lining of the diseased vein using a catheter.
Local anesthesia is first administered on the affected area then a tiny incision is made. The incompetent vein is accessed through this incision. Once the vein is reached, the VenaSeal catheter is put in place with the help of ultrasound.
Through the catheter, the VenaSeal medical adhesive is deposited between the walls of the diseased vein, causing the vein to close completely. Because blood cannot pass through that vein anymore, it will find a healthier route.
A bandage is applied on the treatment site to prevent infection and used for compression. It is important to keep the bandage on for three days (72 hours). It is also recommended to wear a 20-30 mmHg thigh high compression stocking after the bandage comes off for four days. This helps with swelling. The bandage applied after the procedure must stay dry for the duration of time it is being worn.
VenaSeal is a minimally-invasive procedure that cause minimal discomfort. The patient may return to work after the procedure. However, activities including traveling, swimming and excessive strenuous activities should be avoided for one week. Immediately after the procedure, walking is required, every hour, for 10-15 minutes until bedtime. Unless it is not medically possible, Ibuprofen 400mg every six hours is required to be taken for one week. Ibuprofen is not only taken for pain, it is for inflammation, which does not always present until a few days after the procedure. It is important to take, even if pain is not yet present. Patients that comply with this, experience significantly less pain and inflammation in the week following the procedure.
What is the VenaSeal Vein Glue?
One of the most popular innovations in the vein treatment is VenaSeal. It is a medical-grade glue made of cyanoacrylate that physically closes and seals a problematic vein. Once the vein is closed, it will begin to harden and disintegrate until it is completely absorbed by the body.
When this type of glue comes in contact with blood within the vein, it undergoes polymerization. This causes the vein to collapse. As the vein collapses, the patient might feel a slight sting on the injected area.
VenaSeal is extremely soft and elastic and undetectable after application.
It has anti-microbial properties, particularly against gram-positive organisms.
Studies found no long-term adverse effects.
Who is a Good Candidate for a VenaSeal Closure System?
Most cases of incompetent veins are suitable for VenaSeal procedure. Most people will be good candidates. A person should not get Venaseal if they have allergies to three or more medications.
Even the most innovative techniques carry risks. These can be explained to you by a vein expert.
How Effective is the VenaSeal Closure System?
VenaSeal’s published success is at 98.9%, with notably fewer complications than heat-based techniques or surgery.
Over past several years, this closure system has been thoroughly tested in the United States and Europe. Published results indicate relatively low possibilities of complications and shorter recovery time. The VeClose study from Germany showed a closure rate of 98.9% in just 6 months.
The effectiveness of the VenaSeal Closure System is comparable to that of endovenous laser ablation; but without thermal application, therefore, it can be performed with a smaller amount of anesthesia. This reduces the level of discomfort that is associated with large doses of tumescent anesthesia.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from VenaSeal Procedure?
Given that tumescent anesthesia is not required for VenaSeal procedure, bruising and pain are significantly reduced, allowing a short recovery period. Normally, patients can go back to their regular activities following VenaSeal procedure with only a bandage over the leg. The bandage must be kept on for three days. A compression stocking is highly recommended to be worn after the bandage comes off, for four days.
While VenaSeal has shown an impressive rate of effectiveness, it is still possible for the patient to experience varicose problems in the future. To prevent any recurrent, the vein specialist from Vein Institute of Pinellas encourages patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes proper weight, nutritious food choices, physical activities, and enough rest. A yearly ultrasound is also recommended to help maintain healthy venous blood flow.
If you have been experiencing discomfort due to vein disease, VenaSeal could be the best treatment for you. To know more about this procedure, set up an appointment with one of the vein experts at Vein Institute of Pinellas.
What are the Advantages of VenaSeal?
The Patient’s Discomfort Is Lessened
One of the advantages of VenaSeal procedure is minimal damage to surrounding tissues, which greatly reduces the risks of complications.
Laser treatment, radiofrequency, and other thermal techniques use short bursts of heat that penetrates the vein and cause it collapse. The treated vein disintegrates over time and is replaced by connective tissue.
There is no need for tumescent anesthesia, since heat is not used with VenaSeal treatment. With thermal vein treatment, tumescent anesthesia must be used around the entire length of the vessel. This results in many injections. This can cause additional pain, swelling and bruising that is not experienced with the Venaseal treatment.
The Patient Can Return to His/Her Normal Activities Immediately
Many individuals postpone their varicose vein treatment because the treatment requires them to rest for a relatively long period.
VenaSeal closes veins in a non-destructive way. This specialized adhesive is simply delivered to the length of the vein in small doses and then followed by compression.
Since it is non-thermal in nature, patients can return to their normal activities after this procedure. Moderate exercise is even allowed; unlike in thermal-based techniques.
What are the Disadvantages of VenaSeal?
It is important to understand that any medical procedure, even the most advanced ones, carry certain risks. But these are minimized with if the procedure is performed with the right equipment, medication, and precision.
Vein Institute of Pinellas is a facility recognized for having the most advanced equipment and highly-trained medical staff in the field of vein treatment.
The treated vein may become inflamed after the VenaSeal procedure. The vein doctor will prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs for this and instruct you to rest until the inflammation subsides.
What Should You Do Before VenaSeal Procedure?
- Do not stop any prescribed medication before the treatment. It is vital to let the staff know if you’re taking any type of medication before you undergo this treatment.
- Sunless tanning is not advised prior to the procedure.
- It is advised to wear loose clothing on the day of the appointment due to the bandage that will be put on the leg after the procedure.
- Taking a pain reliever before the procedure is not necessary. But if you have a low pain tolerance, let the staff know, so you can receive medication.
What Happens During the VenaSeal Procedure?
- The procedure will be done with you lying down.
- The staff will clean your entire leg to ensure a sterile environment. Pain medications are not necessary, but you will be injected with a small dose of local anesthesia.
- A small catheter will be inserted into the vein to deposit medical grade adhesive throughout the vein. As the vein closes, blood flow is automatically rerouted to a healthier vein.
What Happens After VenaSeal Procedure
- The vein specialist will discuss with you the post-treatment instructions in detail. You will also be provided by with a copy of post op instructions.
- Patients are required to walk every hour on the hour for 10-15 minutes, for the remainder of the day, until bedtime.
- The staff will provide you with a number to contact if you encounter any procedure-related concern.
- You can proceed with normal daily activities. However, do not do any extremely strenuous activities or travel for one week.
- However, do not do any extremely strenuous activities or travel for one week.
- A follow up ultrasound will be scheduled to confirm the closer of the vein.
- Unless it is not medically possible, the patient is required to take 400mg (two tablets) of Ibuprofen every six hours for one week after the procedure.
What Are Some Side Effects Associated with VenaSeal?
- Mild to moderate pain on the treated area should be expected after the procedure, and this can persist for 7 to 14 days. Post-treatment discomfort can be managed with 10-15 minutes walking per day. You should also avoid long periods of walking and standing. For patients with low pain tolerance, pain relievers may be prescribed.
- Inflammation may occur along the treated area. This can be managed with anti-inflammatory medications.
- Skin numbness may be experienced, although this is rare. This is usually associated with inflammation, and also goes away as the inflammation subsides.
- Deep vein thrombosis may occur, but this is extremely rare. The vein specialists at Vein Institute of Pinellas studies each case meticulously and monitors patients closely to minimize complications.
How Much Does VenaSeal Cost?
- Venaseal is only covered by Medicare at this time. When scheduling for a Venaseal procedure, our insurance specialists will discuss what your insurance will cover.
Why Vein Institute of Pinellas Is the Most Trusted Facility When it Comes to Vein Treatment?
Vein Institute of Pinellas is trusted by the community for offering a wide range of services that are based on dedication to help and passion for excellence.
We always make sure that our patients understand their treatment and its possible outcomes, risks, and cost.
This is to help the patients make an informed decision that is best for them.
Highly-qualified Vein Experts
The vein experts of Vein Institute of Pinellas have gained knowledge, training, and experience from esteemed institutions in the country. They are also continually educated about the latest trends and technologies in vein treatment.
Our vein experts understand struggles of having varicose veins. This is why they go above and beyond to treat vein disease as minimally invasive as possible.
We encourage our patients to discuss their vein problems with us in details because any information can be helpful in planning out your treatment plan.
The Vein Institute of Pinellas makes it a point to acquire the most advanced tools and devices to ensure accurate and timely diagnostics and treatment. Our facility is one of the most sophisticated ones in the country.
Our vein experts check every detail using their sharp clinical eye and modern equipment to ensure accurate and timely diagnostics and treatment.
Our meticulous processes helped numerous people become free from varicose problems.
We have facilities in Largo, Sun City Center, and St. Petersburg to provide high-quality vein treatment to the Bay Area.
All of these facilities are equally competent.
Extended Office Hours
We have extended our office hours to cater to those with complicated schedules. Call us or book an appointment through our website.
Covered by Medicare & Other Insurances
Vein Institute of Pinellas accepts Medicare and many other insurance providers. However, we would recommend that you discuss your vein problem with them before undertaking the treatment. This is to be informed of the extent of the coverage.
We take high regard to privacy. This is why we treat each case with extreme discretion. All records are kept sealed and never discussed with a third party, unless ordered by law.
Cleanliness and Sanitation
As a professional vein treatment facility, we ensure that our surroundings are clean, and that our tools, machineries, and everything used for treatment and diagnosis are sterile, and organized at all times.
All our tools are also properly sterilized before and after any procedure.
Licensed and Safe
All of our facilities have been inspected and approved by relevant regulatory organizations.
We have installed safety devices and built exits in case of emergencies.