Varicose veins can be both a cosmetic and a medical problem. Vein disease, also known as venous disease, is extremely prevalent in the United States, affecting more than 40 million people. In general, humans have two major types of blood vessels in their legs. Arteries bring the blood from the heart to the extremities and the veins bring the blood back to the heart. The arteries have the heart helping to pump blood down to their feet while the veins in your lower extremities, such as the superficial truncal veins (saphenous vein) rely on internal valves that open and shut to allow the blood flow to move in a one-way fashion. Over time the valves in a vein can become weak and not function properly. This causes the blood to backflow (venous reflux) into the vein allowing it to swell and eventually form varicosities (varicose veins).
How do you know if you have vein disease? A vein specialist will properly diagnose vein disease (also known as venous reflux disease) after he or she takes a deeper look at your veins through an ultrasound mapping which can typically be performed the same day you come in for your free leg screening at Allure Medical. In the meantime, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you are likely suffering from some form of vein disease.
Many people wait for years to seek treatment for their varicose veins. The primary reason given by many patients is that they imagined vein treatment would be painful or require surgery to "strip" the veins from their legs. At Allure Medical, we offer many different options when it comes to treating vein disease, varicose veins, and spider veins. We are a nation-wide network of vein specialists in the field of vascular health, and we offer many vein treatment options using groundbreaking technology like radiofrequency ablation. Another vein treatment option is the innovative procedure using a medical adhesive known as Venaseal™ by Medtronic.
Venaseal™ Closure System is used to close down a diseased vein (in many cases, the great or small saphenous vein) that is not functioning properly and causing venous reflux (the backflow of blood in the vein). The reason vein specialists across the country are excited about this trailblazing technology is that this method is less invasive than other vein treatments to eliminate varicose veins for good. Venaseal™ is one of the only varicose vein treatments in the field of vascular health to use medical adhesive, known as cyanoacrylate, to coat and seal diseased veins. Unlike other heat-based (thermal) treatments, Venaseal™ does not require tumescent anesthesia (multiple injections of a local anesthetic), and eliminates the risk of burning or nerve injury associated with thermal-based procedures.
To prepare for Venaseal™, the patient is given one IV needle stick for which they receive numbing solution. A catheter is then inserted into the diseased vein with little to no discomfort, and will distribute the medical adhesive (cyanoacrylate). Venaseal™ closes the walls of the vein within a matter of seconds, and blood is immediately rerouted to other healthy veins in the leg. Some external pressure is then applied to help seal the vein, and over the coming hours, the treated vein will permanently harden and undergo absorption by the body. Unlike other vein treatments, Venaseal™ does not require pre-procedure medications and patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment with no downtime.
Through a small catheter, Venaseal™ is distributed inside the vein.
Pressure is applied along the vein as the adhesive is administered to seal the vein.
Once the vein is sealed, the small catheter is easily removed.
A small bandage is applied to the tiny access site on the leg.
You might experience minimal bruising following Venaseal™. However, side effects are extremely rare and this vein treatment effectively and permanently cures varicose vein problems. In most cases, there will not be a need to wear compression stockings after this procedure, patients can drive themselves home, and resume their daily lives. As with any vein treatment at Allure Medical, we strongly advise our patients to take three 20 minute walks the same day after treatment and the following day. This will greatly improve circulation and reduce swelling and speed up recovery time.
Venaseal™ has been through many clinical trials in the United States and Europe for several years. Statistics have shown the procedure has a 97% success rate. And with Venaseal™, the overwhelming majority of the treated veins remain closed after several years.
For more information or to schedule your free leg screening, contact Allure Medical at 866-212-8690 or schedule your screening online.