VenaSeal™ is an exciting new vein treatment option for varicose veins offered by Desert Vein Institute. c Until late last year, there were essentially two categories of varicose vein “eliminators” that vein surgeons used to collapse and destroy diseased, varicose veins. Laser vein treatments use heat energy to close and destroy diseased veins, and sclerosant chemical injections (sclerotherapy) irritate the vein lining to collapse the malfunctioning vein.
How Varicose Vein Treatments Improve HealthThe goal of varicose vein treatments (of any type) is to remove ugly, bulging, discolored varicose veins from the legs — to improve appearance and, most importantly, to restore proper circulation. (Once collapsed, the treated varicose vein tissue is reabsorbed into the body, and blood begins flowing through nearby, healthy veins for improved circulation.)
What’s Different about VenaSeal™ Varicose Vein Treatment?This is an entirely new method of vein closure, which does not use laser heat (it is non-thermal) or chemical injection (it is non-sclerosant). Instead of lasers and sclerotherapy, VenaSeal™ uses glue (a newly-created and FDA-approved medical adhesive.) When this “vein glue” is injected, it effectively clogs up the vein, gluing it shut for later disposal/absorption by the body.
What are the Advantages of VenaSeal™?This recently approved treatment offers our Las Vegas vein clinic and vascular surgeons yet another effective option to treat varicose veins. It doesn’t replace laser vein closure procedures or sclerotherapy, which may still be better for some patients. Your vein doctor will advise you which method will work best to treat your varicose veins, depending upon the details of your specific case. For certain patients, VenaSeal™ may be preferred because it can:
- Avoids the need for tumescent anesthesia, (This type of anesthesia requires more injections and needles, which cause anxiety or discomfort for some patients. Less needles used may mean faster recovery in some cases.)
- Lessens chance of nerve irritation that can occur with heat-based vein closure methods.
- Requires fewer office visits, by allowing several veins to be treated per visit.
- Avoids the need for compression hose during recovery for most patients.