VenaSeal, short for VenaSeal Closure System, is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, the medical condition responsible for most vein problems, including spider veins and varicose veins.
Chronic venous insufficiency is a circulatory disorder caused by the collapse or weakening of vein valves. In healthy veins, the valves act as one-way doors, facilitating blood circulation towards the heart while preventing blood from flowing backward due to gravity. When the vein valves weaken, blood flows backward and pools in the leg veins, eventually causing vascular dilation and varicose veins.
Most people identify venous insufficiency when they notice varicose veins, i.e., twisted, knotted, and large blood vessels protruding from the skin’s surface. However, vein disease also leads to skin discoloration due to restricted blood circulation, leg heaviness, leg swelling, frequent leg cramps, restless leg syndrome, leg ulcers (non-healing wounds), or deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the veins).
How Does VenaSeal Work?
During the VenaSeal procedure, the vein doctor makes a small incision on the skin’s surface after delivering local anesthesia. The vein doctor uses ultrasound capabilities to guide a tube-like device (catheter) into the diseased saphenous vein. Once the catheter is in place, the vein doctor injects a medical-grade adhesive into the vein. This induces fibrotic growth and seals the diseased vein’s walls.
Once the diseased saphenous vein is closed, the accumulated blood reroutes to healthier leg veins, thereby restoring effective blood circulation to the heart. Over time, the sealed vein hardens into a scar tissue and gets absorbed by the body.
VenaSeal is one of the safest and most painless treatments available. Unlike most other minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins, VenaSeal doesn’t rely on thermal energy, so there’s no risk of harsh side effects, such as nerve injury. Furthermore, the patient doesn’t even have to wear compression stockings or ACE bandages after the procedure.
Are You a Suitable Candidate for VenaSeal?
Generally speaking, VenaSeal is a suitable treatment for patients with signs and symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. However, a vein doctor can only determine your candidacy after conducting a thorough evaluation and diagnosis.
During your initial consultation, the vein doctor will examine your leg veins, discuss your symptoms, review your medical history, and perform a Doppler Ultrasound test to visualize the blood flow in your leg veins. This will help them determine if you’re a good candidate for VenaSeal.
If you’re deemed unsuitable for VenaSeal, the vein doctor will also discuss other possible minimally invasive vein treatments.
What are the Side Effects of VenaSeal?
VenaSeal is one of the safest treatments, and the risk of harsh side effects is negligible. However, you can further minimize the risk by consulting reputable, board-certified vein doctors in California.
- The treated veins may cause slight irritation.
- Your legs may feel firm because of the hardened veins.
- In rare cases, patients may experience perforation, vascular rupture, or allergic reactions. However, our vein clinics in California always perform thorough tests and evaluations to ensure you don’t experience harsh side effects.
What Happens After VenSeal?
VenaSeal is an outpatient procedure with no hospitalization or downtime. Most patients schedule the treatment during their work lunch break and resume their daily activities and work immediately. As such, VenaSeal can easily slide into a busy schedule with minimal disruption.
With most vein treatments, patients need to wear compression stockings and ACE bandages after the procedure. However, VenaSeal also liberates you from bandages and compression stockings, making it extremely convenient.
Patients can also swim or get their legs wet after the procedure, something that’s inadvisable after other vein treatments.
Do I Need Additional Treatments After VenaSeal?
VenaSeal has a nearly perfect success rate exceeding 99%, so there’s no need for additional treatments. Furthermore, VenaSeal doesn’t involve uncomfortable compression stockings, bandages, hospitalization, painful injections, downtime, or post-treatment activity limitations. As such, patients can resume their daily activities without major disruptions to their daily schedules.
At California Vein Clinics, your veins will be treated by reputable, Harvard-trained, and board-certified vein specialists with advanced training in VenaSeal and other minimally invasive procedures. Furthermore, they’ll curate individualized treatment plans that ensure optimal results with no complications.
If you have the signs or symptoms of vein disease, please schedule an appointment with our vein doctors and regain your confidence.
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