VenaSeal™

This procedure, like Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), is a modern alternative to surgical vein stripping.  It is a new innovation in the treatment of varicose veins.

VenaSeal™ is the use of a medical adhesive (cyanoacrylate) to seal the main defective vein. This safe, medical grade adhesive is used to shut the main saphenous vein in the thigh.  After the vein has been closed shut, it will undergo a process of hardening (sclerosis) and will be absorbed by the body. This procedure, like RFA, is very safe and minimally invasive.

How does the VenaSeal™ procedure work?  

VenaSeal™ is the only vein closure system that is;

  • Non-thermal
  • Non-sclerosant and,
  • Non-tumescent

The medical adhesive is delivered with a small catheter, this is the only incision made to your skin.  No sedation is required during this procedure as the discomfort is minimal. This vein procedure eliminates the risk of thermal nerve injury when treating the small saphenous vein, which is a risk sometimes associated with certain thermal-based procedures.  Clinical studies have demonstrated that the procedure is safe and effective. The procedure is done without the use of tumescent anaesthesia, avoiding patient discomfort associated with multiple needle sticks.

Advantages of VenaSeal™

  • Walk-in, walk-out procedure
  • No sedation necessary or general anaesthetic
  • Minimal discomfort as NO heat and minimal injections are used
  • Compression stockings are NOT necessary but we recommend for the best results they are worn for 5 days
  • Minimal scarring

What to expect

After your initial consultation with one of our surgeons and ultrasound of your leg(s) your surgeon will plan out which vein treatment is best suited to you.

During the procedure:

Initially, a small injection is made to the site where the catheter is inserted, for local anaesthetic. Once the area is numb, your surgeon will insert the catheter into your vein. You may feel some pressure from the placement of the catheter. The catheter will be moved by your surgeon and placed in specific areas along the diseased vein to deliver small amounts of the medical adhesive. There may be a little pulling sensation, but no pain. Ultrasound is used by your surgeon during the procedure to guide and position the catheter.

Following the treatment, the catheter is removed and a small plaster is placed over the puncture site. Compression stockings are then put on by one of our nurses. You will be given advice on how to care for these stockings by the nurse. After the procedure, you will recover for up to 1 hour. Although you do not have sedation we ask that you are taken home by a friend or family member.