Superficial venous reflux disease treatment aims to reduce or stop the backward flow of blood in leg veins. The goal of treatment is to improve overall blood flow and relieve symptoms. Traditionally, this was accomplished with vein stripping which meant major surgery and significant recovery time. Advances in minimally invasive technique have led to the advent of venous glue treatment VenaSeal.
The VenaSeal system improves blood flow by sealing the diseased vein shut. This system delivers a small amount of a specially formulated medical adhesive to the diseased vein. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is rerouted through nearby healthy veins.
The procedure is simple. Once the leg is cleansed, the abnormal vein is identified with ultrasound. A small needle and wire are inserted into the vein after applying local anesthesic. This serves as the entry point for the Venaseal catheter. Once the catheter position is confirmed, glue is administered into the unhealthy vein until the vein is closed. The catheter is then removed from the vein leaving behind the glue and a small band-aid.
Benefits to using VenaSeal versus other methods of vein closure include: