VenaSeal™ Closure System
The VenaSeal™ closure system is a relatively new treatment option for varicose veins that uses an advanced medical adhesive to effectively close the diseased vein segment. Blood is rerouted through nearby healthy veins.
This procedure does not require local anesthesia, and patients often experience a more rapid return to normal activities without the typical post-procedural inflammatory tissue response seen with laser or radiofrequency ablation. Many patients return to regular activity immediately, whereas laser or radiofrequency patients may require a brief recovery period of one to a few days.
At Advanced Vein Care Center, we offer a full range of treatment options for venous insufficiency. We’ll explain the alternatives and work with you to customize a treatment plan to provide the best possible result for you.
VenaSeal™ Closure System General Questions & Answers
During the procedure, a trained clinician fills a syringe with the medical adhesive, which is inserted into the system’s dispensing gun that is attached to a catheter. The catheter is advanced into the diseased vein under ultrasound guidance. The catheter is placed in specific areas along the diseased vein and the clinician conducts a series of trigger pulls to deliver the medical adhesive. Compression is applied to the leg during the procedure.
The VenaSeal™ procedure is designed to minimize patient discomfort and reduce recovery time. After the procedure, a small bandage will be placed at the access site. Patients can rapidly return to normal activities. Additionally, patients have reported minimal bruising following the procedure.
The system should not be used in patients who have a known hypersensitivity to the VenaSeal™ adhesive, acute inflammation of the veins due to blood clots, or acute whole-body infection. Also, it should not be used in patients who may have concerns about its long-term effects (see below).
The adhesive is categorized by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a Class 3 medical device, so theoretically it is in the same category of other medical devices such as pacemakers and breast implants. As of the fall of 2019, a five-year study on a small number of patients (approximately 50) has not shown any prohibitive long-term adverse effects; its safety beyond five years is still unknown.
Faulty valves interfere with the normal return of blood through the venous system. Closing these diseased veins helps to re-route the blood through nearby veins, improving circulation and relieving most symptoms. Only a very small amount of adhesive is used to close the vein. Your body will naturally create scar tissue around the adhesive over time to keep the vessel permanently closed.
As with any procedure, insurance coverage may vary. VenaSeal™ is a more expensive treatment option than laser or radiofrequency procedures. While insurers cover much of the additional expense, patients with high deductible policies may experience higher out-of-pocket expenses. Contact your insurance provider for more information.