Your Guide to VenaSeal™ Treatment

Having varicose veins can put a damper on your quality of life. Not only can varicose veins cause unsightly lumps that may make you feel self-conscious, but they can also cause symptoms such as leg aching or heaviness. 

Fortunately, at The Vein Institute of Hunterdon, a number of effective treatments for varicose veins exist, including VenaSeal™. Particularly beneficial for individuals struggling with compression garments, this procedure eliminates the need for post-treatment wear, providing a convenient solution for those seeking relief from varicose veins.

What is VenaSeal™?

VenaSeal™ is a minimally invasive procedure that can reduce the appearance of varicose veins. The procedure uses a special type of medical glue to help the walls of a diseased vein adhere to each other, effectively closing off the blood supply of the vein. Blood automatically reroutes to healthier veins, and the appearance of the varicose vein is reduced.

How is the VenaSeal™ procedure performed?

A VenaSeal™ procedure is performed after your provider has evaluated the health of your veins using an ultrasound.

  • First, your provider will numb the procedure area using local anesthesia delivered by a small needlestick.
  • Then, a small catheter (tube) will be inserted into the vein and positioned along the length of the vein guided by the ultrasound.
  • A special medical adhesive will be delivered into the vein through the catheter.
  • The provider will place light pressure on the area that has been glued to encourage the walls of the vein to stick together.
  • The catheter will be removed and the provider will place a bandage on the catheter entry site.

Who is a candidate for a VenaSeal™ procedure?

If you have varicose veins, you might be a suitable candidate for this procedure. Especially if you’ve had difficulties with compression garments before, this treatment offers a practical solution by eliminating the need for post-treatment wear. Another advantage is for individuals who fear needles, as this procedure involves minimal needle sticks compared to alternative treatments.

What is recovery from a VenaSeal™ procedure like?

Recovery from VenaSeal™ is easy and simple. After the procedure, you will rest for a few minutes in a recovery room, and then you will be free to return to your normal activities. You may experience slight discomfort at the catheter placement site or minor bruising, but these should resolve without treatment. Your provider may advise wearing compression stockings to help reinforce the closure of the treated veins, but this is not necessary for a full recovery.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of varicose veins, make sure to contact The Vein Institute of Hunterdon today. Our providers are skilled at a number of vein treatments, including the VenaSeal™ procedure, and they can get you back to feeling your best.