Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and twisted. The term commonly refers to the veins on the leg, although varicose veins can occur elsewhere and now there is a new treatment option called Venaseal.
Varicose veins may be a sign of something severe, a condition called Venus Reflux Disease. VRD develops when valves stop working properly and allow blood to flow backward and pool in the lower leg veins. If superficial Venus Reflux Disease persists, it may actually cause aching, swelling, cramping, restlessness and even open skin sores.
Treating diseased veins can improve overall blood flow and relieves symptoms. Treatments include compression stockings, and either closing or removing the diseased vein. The Venaseal closure system, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Association, improves blood flow by sealing or closing the diseased vein by delivering a small amount of specially formulated adhesive. This adhesive actually reroutes the blood through nearby healthy veins.
The gold standard remains a thermal approach. Heat actually closes the vein, multiple needle sticks are used to numb the area, and compression stockings are required after the procedure. With Venaseal, the adhesive seals the vein, there is usually one needle stick used for numbing the area and in most cases, no compression stockings are needed after the procedure.
Venaseal may not be indicated for patients who have thrombophlebitis migraines, acute superficial thrombophlebitis or acute sepsis, and with any procedure, there are risks, which include an allergic reaction to the adhesive, bleeding, deep vein thrombosis, edema, hyperpigmentation and phlebitis.