The main treatment for varicose veins and spider veins is to close the vein so the blood no longer flows through that vein. This can be done with a laser or radiofrequency heat or a chemical called a sclerosant. A new Federal Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatment for varicose veins is Venaseal™. It uses a patented medical adhesive directed into the vein to seal it closed. It reduces the risk of nerve injury associated with some heat-based treatments, and there is no tumescent anesthesia required.
What is the Procedure?
When you have a consultation with our vein specialist, your veins will be examined with ultrasound imaging. This will help us see exactly which veins are diseased and the extent of the damage. It will also help our team plan the procedure.
Our specialist will explain each step of the procedure to you. The main points are:
• The area will be numbed
• A small tube or catheter will be inserted into the vein
• The catheter will be placed to best deliver the medical adhesive
• After the adhesive is inserted, the catheter is removed
After the Treatment
Our specialist will instruct you about your healing time. With Venaseal™, you will not need to take a bunch of time off from work to heal. Our specialist will give you any specific instructions you need to follow for optimal results.
Once the varicose vein is sealed, it will look noticeably smaller at first and gradually disappear as the body absorbs the useless vein. That vein will not return, but other veins could become diseased if you don’t take care.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
The main cause of varicose veins is heredity. They tend to run in families. Other causes are a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. Whenever the heart and veins have to over-work to push the blood against gravity up your legs, the veins may become weak, and the tiny valves inside the veins that are intended to stop the blood from flowing backward stop working properly. Consequently, the blood starts to accumulate in the vein, stretching it so it becomes noticeable beneath your skin.
Schedule an appointment at Pacific Vein Care to learn more about Venaseal™and why it is one of the best minimally-invasive options for removing your unattractive and painful varicose veins. Contact our office today to book your consultation and get started. We look forward to hearing from you!