What is VenaSeal?
VenaSeal is an FDA-approved system used to permanently treat varicose veins close to the surface of the skin. A catheter is inserted through the skin, and a small amount of medical glue is injected into the affected vein. This type of procedure eliminates the risk of nerve injury when treating the small saphenous vein, which is sometimes a risk associated with specific thermal-based procedures. This procedure is administered without the use of tumescent anesthesia, avoiding patient discomfort associated with multiple needle sticks.
What to expect at your VeneSeal visit
- The Visit: During the VenaSeal procedure, a small puncture is made, and a bandage is used to cover it once you are done. This unique approach eliminates the need for multiple sticks with a needle that other methods require, significantly decreasing patient discomfort. Once the area is numb, our physicians insert a catheter (i.e., a small hollow tube) into your leg to access the diseased vein. You may feel some pressure from the placement of the catheter. Guided by ultrasound, the catheter delivers medical adhesive to specific areas along the diseased vein, which becomes sealed and forces blood to be rerouted.
- Pain Management: Though most patients report few side effects, after the procedure, you may experience some stinging or pressure in the region of the treated vein. When your treatment is done, there may be some tenderness and bruising at the site of the puncture. Over the counter medications can help ease discomfort.
- Aftercare: With the VenaSeal procedure, patients are not required to wear compression stockings after the procedure, and you will be able to return to regular activities immediately. After treatment, the catheter is removed, and a bandage is placed over the puncture site.