The VenaSeal™ closure system is new non-invasive procedure that uses a medical glue applied inside of the diseased vein. This unique approach eliminates the discomfort associated with multiple needle sticks or vibration sensation associated with mechanical ablation. It avoids the risks of general anesthesia and the prolonged recovery, discomfort, and scarring associated with vein stripping. The VenaSeal procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in the office. Using ultrasound guidance, your surgeon will position the catheter inside the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin. The catheter delivers medical glue along the length of the vein, effectively closing the diseased vein, and preventing the filling of the varicose veins. Once the targetted vein is closed, your varicose veins will significantly decrease in size, or completely disappear.
Following the procedure, a simple bandage is placed over the insertion site, and additional compression may be provided to aid healing. Patients who undergo the VenaSeal procedure typically resume normal activities within a day.
VenaSeal Procedure FAQs
How is the VenaSeal procedure different from vein ligation and stripping?
With vein stripping, under general anesthesia, the physician makes an incision in your groin and ties off the vein, after which a tool is threaded through the leg vein in order to pull it out through a second incision near your knee.
The VenaSeal procedure is minimally invasive. In contrast to vein stripping, the vein is closed using medical glue delivered through a small tube inserted through a small incision below the knee.
Vein stripping is usually performed in an operating room under general anesthesia, while the VenaSeal procedure is performed in our office at KW Vein Clinic - Kitchener location under local anesthesia.
How is the VenaSeal procedure different from laser ablation?
The VenaSeal procedure utilizes medical glue to seal the diseased vein. VenaSeal avoids the multiple needle sticks needed to deliver local anesthetic for laser (EVLT) treatment. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood flow is redirected to healthy veins.
How long does the VenaSeal procedure take?
The VenaSeal procedure typically takes 1 hour to perform.
Does the VenaSeal procedure require anesthesia?
The VenaSeal procedure is performed under local anesthesia, injected usually only in one spot for entry into the vein. Unlike EVLT or Venefit, you do not receive multiple needle sticks to deliver local anesthetic over the vein.
Where is the VenaSeal procedure done?
The procedure is performed at KW Vein Clinic - Kitchener office.
After the VenaSeal procedure, how quickly can I return to normal activities?
Many patients experience a quick return to normal activities, typically within a 1-2 days. For a few weeks following the treatment, we recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities (i.e., heavy lifting) or prolonged periods of standing. We also recommend you wear your compression stockings for the first 2 weeks after surgery.
How soon will my symptoms improve after the VenaSeal procedure?
Most patients report a noticeable improvement in their symptoms within one to two weeks following the procedure.
Can I expect any pain, bruising or tenderness after the VenaSeal procedure?
Although it is possible to experience pain, bruising or tenderness after treatment, many patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling following the procedure.
What kind of results can I expect?
Results depend on the degree and extent of your varicose veins. However, patients have reported immediate relief from their uncomfortable symptoms. In addition, patients can expect the appearance of their legs to improve after the procedure.
What potential risks and complications are associated with the VenaSeal procedure?
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with your procedure. Your surgeon will have a consultation with you to determine if your conditions present any special risks. They will also review with you potential complications associated with the VenaSeal procedure, which can include, but are not limited to, vessel perforation, thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, phlebitis, hematoma, infection, paresthesia (numbness or tingling), or skin discoloration.
Is the VeneSeal procedure suitable for everyone?
During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss whether your varicose veins are suitable for the VenaSeal procedure. Many patients with varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency can be treated with the VenaSeal procedure.
Is age an important consideration for the VenaSeal procedure?
The most important step in determining whether the VenaSeal procedure is appropriate for you is a complete ultrasound examination by your vascular surgeon. Age alone is not a factor in determining if the VenaSeal procedure is right for you. The VenaSeal procedure has been used to treat both women and men across a wide range of ages.
What happens to the treated vein left behind in the leg? Don’t I need it?
After treatment, the affected vein becomes fibrous tissue. Over time, the vein will be absorbed into surrounding tissue and blood will re-route to other veins.
Is the VenaSeal procedure covered by insurance?
OHIP does not cover the VenaSeal procedure. Some private insurance providers may cover the cost. Consult your personal plans to determine coverage. After your assessment, KW Vein Clinic may provide information to your insurance plan.