The VenaSeal™ closure system is a safe and effective treatment, providing significant improvements in quality of life. In a US study, the VenaSeal™ system and thermal radiofrequency ablation treatments had similar clinical results at 3 years: 94.4% closure for the VenaSeal™ system and 91.9% for thermal energy.
In comparison, patients treated with the VenaSeal™ system experience less pain and less bruising.
VenaSeal™ Closure System
- Adhesive seals the vein
- Only one needle stick of numbing medicine
- No compression stockings after the procedure
- Heat closes the vein
- Multiple needle sticks of numbing medicine
- Compression stockings required after the procedure
What can I expect of the VenaSeal™ procedure?
Before the Procedure:
- You will have an ultrasound imaging exam of the leg that is to be treated. This exam is important for assessing the diseased superficial vein and planning the procedure.
During the Procedure:
- You may feel some minor pain or stinging with a needle stick to numb the site where the doctor will access your vein.
- Once the area is numb, your doctor will insert the catheter into your leg. You may feel some pressure from the placement of the catheter.
- The catheter will be placed in specific areas along the diseased vein to deliver small amounts of the medical adhesive. You may feel some mild sensation of pulling. Ultrasound will be used during the procedure to guide and position the catheter.
- After treatment, the catheter is removed and a small adhesive bandage is placed over the puncture site.
After the Procedure:
- You will be taken to the recovery area to rest.
- You will be recommended for follow-up care if needed.
When will my symptoms improve?
Symptoms are caused by the diseased superficial vein. Thus, symptoms may improve as soon as the diseased vein is closed.
When can I return to normal activity?
The VenaSeal™ procedure is designed to reduce recovery time. Many patients return to normal activity immediately after the procedure.
Is the VenaSeal™ procedure painful?
Most patients feel little, if any, pain during the outpatient procedure.
Is there bruising after the VenaSeal™ procedure?
Most patients report little-to-no bruising after the procedure.
What happens to the VenaSeal™ adhesive?
Only a very small amount of VenaSeal™ adhesive is used to close the vein. Your body will naturally create scar tissue around the adhesive over time to keep the vessel permanently closed.
How does the VenaSeal™ procedure differ from thermal energy procedures?
The VenaSeal™ procedure uses an adhesive to close the superficial vein. Thermal energy procedures use heat to close the vein. The intense heat requires a large volume of numbing medicine, which is injected through many needle sticks. The injections may cause pain and bruising after the procedure.
Is the VenaSeal™ procedure covered by insurance?
As with any procedure, insurance coverage may vary. For more information, contact your insurance provider.