VenaSeal – Gentle therapy with venous adhesive
The VenaSeal Closure System is a particularly gentle procedure for the treatment of internal varicose veins in which the vein is bonded from the inside. It is based on a venous adhesive that has been used for decades in the treatment of brain arteries. In many cases a stripping operation can be avoided with this system. Unlike other catheter procedures, no local anaesthesia along the vein with several needlesticks is necessary and a return to everyday life is possible immediately after the treatment.
For whom is the procedure suitable?
The gentle venous treatment with the VenaSeal system is suitable for many patients with varicose veins, especially for diseases of the trunk veins (small or large rose vein). It is particularly suitable for patients who want to return to their everyday life quickly and attach importance to the gentlest possible treatment. Because only a smaller local anaesthetic is required and after the procedure a compression stocking does not necessarily have to be worn.
How does the treatment work?
After a small local anaesthetic at the lower end of the vein to be treated, a VenaSeal catheter is inserted into the vein under ultrasound control and pushed to the beginning of the vein. A special medical adhesive is then applied to the vein while the vein is compressed and the catheter is gradually retracted. Finally, a small bandage is applied at the injection site and the compression stocking is tightened.
How has the procedure been tested?
The method has been used since 2011 and has proven the safety and effectiveness of the VenaSeal method in several studies. The medical adhesive used has been used for decades in the treatment of vascular sacculation in the brain.
What advantages does the procedure have?
The VenaSeal procedure is particularly gentle on the surrounding tissue, as no heat is used as in laser or radio wave therapy. The procedure itself is painless and requires no anaesthesia, only a small local anaesthetic at the injection site is required. Usually there are no scars or swellings. Immediately after the VenaSeal procedure, normal daily activities can be resumed, no sick leave is required. Wearing compression stockings is not necessary afterwards, but may be useful for 3 to 7 days in some cases.
What disadvantages does the procedure have?
Side effects are small and rare. Phlebitis can occur most frequently, and this occurs more frequently than with the radio wave method. Phlebitis can occur in all vein treatments and typically occurs within 30 days of treatment. You will be informed in detail about the advantages and risks of the procedure in a personal consultation.
Does my insurance cover the cost?
As with all procedures, private insurance coverage varies greatly. Please check with your health insurance. As a rule, the statutory health insurance funds do not cover the costs of the procedure.