Reroute Injured Veins with VenaSeal
When veins become damaged due to age, or injury, or sitting for long periods, venous insufficiency may manifest itself. Veins pump blood through the legs and return it to the heart in a healthy cardiovascular system. But venous insufficiency occurs when the valves of the vein cease to function correctly. Blood pools in the legs, causing all sorts of conditions, including spider veins, varicose veins, and even life-threatening deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
A Novel Technology for Vein Treatment
One of the new advances in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins is the use of adhesives to close off dilated or malfunctioning veins. Approved by the FDA in 2015, VenaSeal is a novel technique where a sterile surgical adhesive similar to super glue is used in small droplets to close the vein. Unlike super glue, of course, the adhesive used in the VenaSeal treatment flexes and functions within the body without stiffness or tightness.
To correct venous insufficiency, our doctors at Heart of Dixie use a unique and state-of-the-art tool to seal off the injured veins and reroute proper blood flow to working veins. This tool is called VenaSeal: a catheter and pump system that closes off the offending vein with a tiny application of medically approved adhesive.
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For those that are nervous about needles and the idea of fixing a vein from the inside, there is little to fear. The VenaSeal closure procedure improves blood flow by sealing or closing the diseased vein, leaving you with little-to-no downtime and no need to wear compression stockings afterward. The procedure is actually very simple and near painless.
In the VenaSeal procedure, there is no need for multiple needle sticks. Instead, the vein is accessed with a single needle, and the catheter is properly placed under ultrasound guidance. Once in position, the system delivers a small amount of specially formulated medical adhesive to the inside of the diseased vein. During the procedure, you may experience the sensation of tugging as the application of adhesive is accomplished, and the application tube is pulled back towards the catheter. With enough adhesive applied, pressure is then applied to the area for a few minutes. The adhesive is allowed to polymerize, sealing the vein. Blood then naturally routes through nearby healthy veins.
The procedure can be done within an hour with a minimal anesthetic. The results become apparent within only a matter of weeks thanks to the fast-acting adhesive.
Advantages of VenaSeal
Some other advantages of VenaSeal include:
- There is no use of heat associated with this treatment. This avoids the risk of thermal damage as no heat source is present.
- It provides rapid improvement in patient comfort. The procedure is nearly pain-free, and it only takes a single visit to produce effective results.
- The procedure leaves minimal-to-no bruising, creating a return to healthy and regular coloration and image.
- Unlike many other operations, such as thermal ablation, the VenaSeal procedure does not require the use of compression stockings post-procedure.
- Customarily, treatment for varicose veins requires a large amount of tumescent anesthesia to cover the entire area being treated. With the VenaSeal technique, tumescent anesthesia is not necessary, resulting in a more comfortable and fast-paced recovery from the procedure.
Since the technology was invented, over 100,000 patients all over the world have been treated with the VenaSeal system.
Heart of Dixie Is Here to Help
Trained and practiced in the use of the VenaSeal system, the doctors at Heart of Dixie are ready to help you find comfort and healing. We can make unsightly and uncomfortable varicose veins become a thing of the past with a single treatment. Give us a call and schedule an appointment at Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular today.