How to Treat Varicose Veins
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How VenaSeal for Varicose Veins Works
Do you have unsightly varicose veins? Have you considered vein surgery, sclerotherapy, or heat-based vein treatment options? If so, VenaSeal may be a safer, more comfortable option.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins develop when valves in the veins are unable to return blood effectively back to the heart. Blood pools in these veins, causing them to swell and become discolored and visible just under the skin. Varicose veins can be painful. Some common symptoms of varicose veins include:
● Throbbing, pain, or aching in the legs
● Restlessness or cramping in the legs
● Burning or itching skin
● Skin discoloration
Varicose veins can be surgically removed, but most doctors recommend a less-invasive procedure such as sclerotherapy or catheter-assisted treatments using radiofrequency energy or lasers. During sclerotherapy, a chemical is injected into the problem veins to destroy them. Heat-based treatments cauterize the vein, causing it to close and seal off.
VenaSeal, a cutting-edge treatment for varicose veins, was approved by the FDA in 2015. This procedure, performed by CiC endovascular specialists, uses a special medical adhesive to seal and permanently close off varicose veins. It is a safe, non-heat-based treatment that is performed through a single nick in the skin.
What to expect
First, our endovascular specialists will perform ultrasound imaging to determine the severity of your vein disease. If VenaSeal is part of your treatment plan, a CiC doctor will perform the procedure, which begins with an injection of local anesthetic and a small nick in the skin. A catheter is inserted through the opening and guided with ultrasound imaging to a diseased vein. A tiny amount of medical adhesive is delivered into the vein, effectively closing and sealing it. As a result, blood is rerouted to healthier veins. Additional varicose veins are treated the same way.
Why choose VenaSeal?
VenaSeal is a safe, minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. One VenaSeal treatment is often sufficient to permanently destroy a varicose vein. Because it does not use heat, trauma to the body is minimized, risk of tissue and nerve damage is significantly reduced and multiple injections of tumescent anesthetic are not needed. Compression stockings are not required after the procedure, and there is no post-treatment pain. Because there is only one entry point for the catheter, patients walk out of the procedure with only a band-aid and are able to resume normal activities with little to no downtime.
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