Newest Treatment for Varicose Veins


imageThe treatment of varicose veins is ever evolving.  The new technologies being developed are revolutionizing the treatment of a very common disorder (called varicose veins) that causes a significant amount of pain and suffering to a large population of the world. The newest development is using glue to close diseased veins.  This new treatment has many benefits to the patient and the doctor.

Advantages of VenaSeal are many:  The  procedure eliminates the need for tumescent anesthesia.  Tumescent anesthesia is needed in the laser and radiofrequency procedure when pumping fluid around the vein to stop pain caused by heating the vein.  Since there is no heat applied in the VenaSeal procedure, there is no need for a numbing solution (tumescent anesthesia).  This means there is no risk for heat injury to nerves or skin.  There is also no need for post-treatment compression stockings, which is a huge benefit to the patient.  There is a more rapid return to normal activity.  And, multiple veins can be treated at the same time without complications.


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The new treatment has been tested with a large treatment trial comparing radiofrequency closure or thermal ablation with VenaSeal.  This is called the VeClose United States Pivotal Trial.

242 patients completed treatment in 2013 and close folowup has shown that the VenaSeal gluing procedure is at least as effective as the radiofrequency procedure with a 98% successful treatment rate.  So it is just as good as the previous gold standard treatment of varicose veins and has many benefits for recommending its use.

The gluing substance that is used is called cyanoacrylate.  It has been widely used as a medical tissue adhesive for over 20 years.  It has an anti-microbial effect against gram positive organisms and has been safely used in patient care with no carcinogenicity in humans.   There has also been no bad side effects in the treatment trials.

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Because of the many benefits and the unusual rise in insurance deductibles and copays, some patients are opting to use this method of treatment.  This is just one of the many ongoing options and developments in the treatment of varicose veins.



This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | October 14, 2016


From the very young to the very old, changing how you look at things can dramatically impact life.  Two stories, both true! 


First the young person story:  A friend recently told this story about his niece, we’ll call her Mary.  When Mary was little, she learned to swim early and loved swimming!  Actually she looked like she could become a great swimmer.   Mary had the body of a swimmer, she was good at it, she caught on easily at swim lessons, but most of all Mary LOVED swimming.  So quite naturally,  Mary wanted to be a part of the local  swim meets.    She loved the practices and loved the meets, but she never won.  But losing never bothered her at all.  Mary wasn’t  discouraged, didn’t want to quit; she just loved the whole thing.  But Mary never won a single race.  Her parents were mystified, because she was an excellent swimmer.   Finally, after several  years, before a meet one night, her mom was giving her a fire-up speech.  She grasped her shoulders, looked at her and said, “I want you to go out there tonight and WIN that race!!!”  And Mary said, “It’s a RACE?!  I thought it was a MEET!”  Apparently she thought it was just a social event to meet people.  I’m not kidding!   When Mary  looked at the “meet”  differently, realizing that it was a race, she went out and she began  to win!   And  ever since then, she consistently won at swimming.  Her perspective changed.


Now the old person story:  Our 95 year old Nana loved to make necklaces.  She would  happily string beads, creating different necklaces for all of us.  Every holiday season, we knew all the ladies in the family (children too) would receive a necklace from Nana.  You see, Nana lived with my husband’s parents (and had for many years).  Making the necklaces was a wonderful way for her to keep occupied,  when she became too infirm to do much else.  It gave her a reason to get up and dressed and in her chair stringing beads.  But finally her eyesight gave out and she couldn’t see well enough to do her beading.  David’s mom was sad that Nana had lost this pleasant pastime.  For a good period of time, maybe even over a year or so, David’s mom would bemoan the fact that Nana could no longer make her necklaces.   Then one day, David was visiting and said, “Mom, how about giving Nana a better light?  Could we use this one here and move it closer to her?”  Voila!  Nana could bead again!!  All she needed was a decent LIGHT to enable her to SEE!  Again, I’m not kidding!!!  She suffered boredom for over a year, for lack of a simple light to see.

Both of those stories sound ridiculous, right?  But I wonder how many times we fail to SEE something in the right LIGHT, so that we don’t realize that we are in a RACE not a MEET, so to speak.  We all need to change the way we look at things sometimes, right? 

 So the challenge I issue, to myself, as well as to you, is to be honest with ourselves and see things in the right light.    I’m sure there are thousands of examples, but I’m going out on the line here and opening myself up.  So don’t stone me!  As the wife of a surgeon, my biggest challenge is the TIME factor of his job….the unexpectedness of it….never knowing if he is or is not going to “show up” to something we’ve planned.  Looking at it one way, I’m disappointed when he is shows up late or not at all.  Looking at it another way, I’m grateful that he could help someone in need.   Just depends on how I choose to look at it. 

What’s your challenge?  Could you look at it differently?  And run your RACE well in the LIGHT? 

THIS MONTH’S RECIPE…is it breakfast, lunch, or dinner?  DEPENDS ON HOW YOU LOOK AT IT!


1 pie crust (a large deep one, preferably)

1 small red bell pepper, chopped

1 small sweet onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped or 1 tablespoon dried basil

4 large eggs

1 cup half and half or cream is even better!

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1/3 cup shredded parmesan

2 plum tomatoes, sliced

Bake pie crust at 425 for 10 minutes. Set aside.

While pie crust is cooking, sauté bell pepper, onion and garlic in hot oil in a large skillet for 5 minutes or until tender.  Stir in basil.

Whisk together eggs, cream, salt and pepper.  Stir in sautéed vegetables and cheese. Pour into crust and top with tomatoes

Bake at 375 for 45 to 50 minutes, shielding edges of crust to prevent over browning.

Serve with grits for breakfast, or fruit for lunch, or a tossed salad for dinner…..depending on how you look at it!

This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | October 9, 2016