VenaSeal Vein Glue
New to the treatment of varicose veins is the use of medical glue, known as VenaSeal (cyanoacrylate). VenaSeal Adhesive, formerly known as Sapheon Glue is used to shut the main saphenous vein of the thigh. The vein will undergo hardening (sclerosis) after being glued shut. Luckily, this procedure is minimally invasive.
How does VenaSeal work?
The procedure involves the placement of a small amount of vein glue into the vein via catheter. After the vein is closed, the remaining blooding is re-circulated through other healthy veins. This procedure does not require regional nerve blocks or large amounts of anaesthesia. No drugs are required prior to this procedure and patients can enter normal activities right after treatment. VenaSeal does not cause skin burns or nerve damage. Post-procedure medication and compression stockings are not needed.
How effective is the VenaSeal Vein Glue procedure?
Success rate of VenaSeal has been up to 98.9% with much fewer complications than EVLA or surgery. Numerous trials in the U.S. and Europe have published low risks of complications and excellent medium-term results.
Two or more veins may be treated in one session. Stockings are usually not needed, and surface varicose veins are usually treated 2-4 weeks after VenaSeal with either sclerotherapy or phlebectomy.
What is the recovery process like after Venaseal treatment?
After undergoing Venaseal treatment for venous insufficiency, the recovery process typically involves the following steps:
- Immediate Post-Procedure Period:
You might be monitored briefly in a recovery area to ensure you’re stable. Most patients can usually go home the same day.
- Activity Restrictions:
While you’ll be encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure, you’ll likely be advised to avoid vigorous activities for a week or two to allow the treated veins to heal.
- Compression Garments:
You might need to wear compression stockings or garments for a specified period. These garments help reduce swelling and promote proper blood circulation.
- Pain Management:
Some patients may experience mild discomfort or soreness at the treatment site. Over-the-counter pain relievers can usually manage this.
- Follow-up Appointments:
Your doctor will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress, assess healing, and make sure the procedure achieved the desired outcome.
- Resuming Normal Activities:
Most patients can return to their normal activities, including work, within a few days to a week. However, strenuous exercise and heavy lifting might need to be postponed for a couple of weeks.
- Potential Side Effects:
You might experience minor bruising, redness, or tenderness at the treatment site, which should gradually improve over time.
How long before patients can resume their normal daily activities?
Patients can usually resume normal daily activities quite promptly after Venaseal treatment for venous insufficiency. Walking and light tasks can be resumed immediately after the procedure, often on the same day. Many individuals can return to work within a day or a few days, depending on job demands.
Strenuous activities and heavy lifting may need to be postponed for around a week to ensure proper healing. It’s important to adhere to any compression garment recommendations and to follow post-procedure guidelines provided by the healthcare provider for the best recovery outcome.
What is VenaSeal made of?
VenaSeal treatment is the application of Medical Grade superglue into the veins, which collapses and permanently seals the vein off. It is quick, minimally invasive, and shows promising rates of success.
The superglue known as cyanoacrylate is specially designed and has unique properties when compared to other medical grade glues on the market.
- When in contact with blood within the vessel wall, it rapidly seals the vein with minimal migration.
- It is soft, elastic, and undetectable by patients after application.
- Has an “anti-microbial” effect against gram positive organisms.
- No adverse long term effects.