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 remove remove defective veins that are proximal to the skin surface. 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 a defective vein. Unlike, thermal-based procedures, it doesn’t put the tiny saphenous vein at risk of thermal damage. 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 varicose 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 problematic 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 glue is deposited between the walls of the problematic vein, causing the vein to close completely. Because blood cannot pass through that vein anymore, it will find a healthier route. Over time, the immune system disintegrates the shut vein and absorbs it.
A bandage is applied on the treatment site to prevent infection. Some pressure will also be added on the site to help the problematic vein close completely.
It is a minimally-invasive procedure that cause minimal discomfort. The patient may return to work after the procedure. However, the activities will have to limited.
If you have varicose veins, it is advised to visit Vein Institute of Pinellas right away for a consultation. You will undergo some tests and an ultrasound examination in order to accurately diagnose the problem and determine the best treatment plan for you.
What is the VenaSeal Vein Glue?
One of the most popular innovations in the varicose 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.
Who is a Good Candidate for a VenaSeal Closure System?
Most cases of varicose veins are suitable for VenaSeal procedure. It is usually considered for large veins that are 2cm or more in diameter. Deeper veins can also be treated using this medical grade glue.
However, we cannot say that all varicose veins can be successfully treated by this procedure. It is best to consult a vein specialist from Vein Institute of Pinellas to determine the best option.
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 and cutting, are 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 a small incision. Generally, compression stockings are not required after the procedure, but in some cases, the doctor may ask the patients to wear them.
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.
If you have been experiencing discomfort due to varicose veins, VenaSeal could be the best treatment for you. To know more about this procedure, set appointment with one of the vein experts at Vein Institute of Pinellas.
Each session can target 2 or more veins. This will be determined after some tests.
What is VenaSeal Made of?
VenaSeal is a treatment that uses a medical grade glue to collapse and permanently close a defective vein. It is a minimally invasive procedure that takes only 15-20 minutes if performed by experts.
VenaSeal is a special type of glue that is also called “cyanoacrylate”. It is produced in highly-specialized laboratories and has certain properties that make VenaSeal standout among other medical glues available on the market today.
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.
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 shirts bursts of heat that penetrates the vein and cause it collapse. The treated vein disintegrates over time and is replaced by another connective tissue.
Many medical procedures inevitably cause damage. Tumescent anesthesia can further the risk of damage as it provides a conducting medium for the thermal energy. Several injections may be necessary to cover the entire length of the defective vein, adding to the agony of the patient.
VenaSeal procedure is regarded as an innovative approach to vein problems. It is non-thermal and doesn’t require tumescent anesthesia.
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.
The Patient Is Not Required to Wear Compression Stockings
Most varicose treatments require medical-grade compression stockings. In ablation treatment, it is an integral part of the patient’s recovery. Vein specialists usually instruct patients who had ablation treatment to wear compression stockings for at least 3 to 5 days.
These stockings reduce the risk of complications and help ease post-operative pain. However, medical stockings can be uncomfortable and premature stocking removal may only delay the recovery process.
Because of VenaSeal’s ability to seal a defective vein shut only within minutes after application, compression stockings are not usually prescribed. This reduces the post-procedure care and removes the concerns about the compliance of wearing stockings.
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 unless instructed by the vein doctor. It is vital to let the vein doctor know if you’re taking any type of medication before you undergo this treatment.
- Do not undergo any dermatologic treatment on your legs or shave few days before the treatment.
- Do not apply moisturizer or any chemical on your legs on the day of the treatment.
- It is advised to wear loose clothing on the day of the appointment to allow proper blood circulation in the treated area.
- Taking a pain reliever before the procedure is not necessary. But if you have a low pain tolerance, let the vein doctor know so you can receive medication. Usually, patients are given 2 tablets of either paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
What Happens During the VenaSeal Procedure?
- Varicose veins are generally detected using ultrasound technology. You will be asked to under ultrasound exam to ensure accurate diagnosis.
- The result will be reviewed by the vein specialist to determine whether or not a VenaSeal procedure is necessary.
- You will be instructed to lie down comfortably on the treatment bed. Then, area to be treated will be disinfected. Pain medications are not necessary, but you will be injected with small doses of local anesthesia. Small incisions will be made (usually 1/8 inches long) along the length of the vein.
- The vein doctor will insert a small catheter to deposit medical grade glue at strategic points. As the vein closes, the blood will begin to flow through a healthier vein.
What Happens After VenaSeal Procedure
- After the procedure, you will be given time to rest and recover.
- The vein specialist will discuss with you the post-treatment instructions in detail. You will also be provided by with a written guide.
- Patients are advised to walk for at least 10 minutes before going home. This is to observe if they can walk properly without restriction.
- Your vein doctor will provide you with a number to contact if you encounter any procedure-related concern.
- It is advised to walk for 10 to 15 minutes per day to promote fast recovery.
- You can proceed with normal daily activities. However, avoid sitting or standing for extended periods.
- Postpone normal exercises for at least 48 hours.
- Avoid long haul flights for 3 to 4 weeks (flights that last more than 4 hours) after the procedure to avoid deep vein thrombosis. If you must travel, discuss this with your vein specialist at Vein Institute of Pinellas. Normally, low molecular weight anti-coagulants are prescribed during travel.
- Come back to the clinic after 2 weeks for another ultrasound exam. This is to check on your recovery process and to ensure that there are no complications.
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 care meticulously and monitors patients closely to minimize complications.
How Much Does VENASEAL Cost?
- Varicose veins can cause pain, restlessness, and complications. Also, they are unpleasant to the eyes.
- The cost of VenaSeal procedure may vary depending on the extent of the vein to be extracted and the number of sessions. Thankfully, most insurance providers cover treatments for vein problems. But you may have to submit certain requirements to qualify for this.
- Many insurance companies in the country cover this type of treatment if the patient’s varicose vein doesn’t respond to other measures. These include wearing of compression stockings, sclerotherapy, and oral medications. If you can’t take anti-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), it can help you get a coverage.
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 experienced 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 varicosities 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.