Varicose veins occur when the vein valves become diseased or damaged, allowing some blood to flow in the reverse direction (down the leg with gravity). Blood can overfill and distend the veins causing them to appear near the surface of the skin. They are frequently visible on the legs, sometimes bulging or bluish in coloration. Varicose veins can be painful and cause the legs to ache or feel tired and heavy at the end of the day.
The VenaSeal™ Procedure involves the placement of a very small amount of medical grade adhesive 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. The closed vein will undergo a process of hardening (referred to as Sclerosis) and will be gradually absorbed by the body. Unlike other treatments, VenaSeal™ does not require multiple needle sticks or large volumes of local anesthesia. Also, procedure does not require sedation and patients can return to their normal activities quickly.
Watch an animation of the VenaSeal™ closure system.
You will be encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure and resume normal daily activity. There may be minor soreness in the thigh. Usually this can appear a few days to a few weeks after the procedure, and should not be a concern.