The New Minimally Invasive Procedure That Treats Varicose Veins

You can have legs for days, but it’s a shame to have to cover them up in long pants because of pronounced veins. With about 50 percent of women in the United States suffering from thick, troublesome veins due to genetics, pregnancy or hormonal changes, there’s a need for an effective treatment option to help get rid of them. For those desperate to bare their legs this spring, a new noninvasive procedure may be the answer to quickly and permanently close and treat varicose veins.

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The treatment, called VenaSeal, is the first FDA-approved treatment for varicose veins that uses a superglue-like medical adhesive for a minimally invasive solution that is said to be almost pain-free with no downtime or bruising. VenaSeal is a faster and less-invasive alternative to sclerotherapy or endovenous laser ablation (ELA), which requires local anesthesia.

During the procedure, a trained physician administers a small amount of the adhesive into the underlying vein using a dispensing gun (it looks similar to a giant glue gun) that is attached to a catheter, closing the vein and causing the blood that was pooling in the varicose veins to divert into other healthy veins. Gentle compression is applied to the legs during the procedure to assist with vein closure. The treatment is so minimally invasive that only a small adhesive bandage is needed over the treated area. Patients can return to normal activities immediately and start breaking out their favorite skirts and shorts just in time for spring and summer.

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