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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.