What is the VenaSeal Closure?
VenaSeal closure procedure is a minimally invasive procedure performed to treat varicose veins. It is a new and innovative technique which improves blood flow by closing the diseased vein without surgical intervention. The procedure uses a medical adhesive to seal the damaged vein. VenaSeal Closure procedure eliminates the risk of thermal nerve injury which is generally associated with certain thermal‐based procedures which are used to treat varicose veins. Thus, VenaSeal closure provides an effective treatment with minimal to no bruising. You can also quickly return to normal activities when compared to traditional techniques.
Why is it done?
VenaSeal closure procedure is an alternative to surgical procedure for treating varicose veins. Varicose veins occur due to the increased blood pressure in the veins. Varicose veins happen in the superficial veins. Superficial veins are those veins that are close to our skin. The blood moves towards the heart by one-way valves in the veins. When the valves become damaged or weak, blood gets collected in the veins, leading to enlarged, swollen or twisted veins. Varicose veins can happen anywhere in our body; however, they are more common in our legs.
Although, varicose veins are not considered as a serious medical condition, they can lead to more serious problems if not treated properly.
Your doctor will evaluate and decide if you are suitable candidate for this procedure.
What happens during the procedure?
VenaSeal closure procedure does not require general anaesthesia. The site where your doctor will access the vein will be numbed. With ultrasound guidance, your doctor will position the catheter in the diseased vein via a small opening in the skin. The Catheter will deliver medical adhesive to seal the diseased vein. The catheter will be removed and a bandage will be placed in the access site.
How long will it take?
In most of the cases, VenaSeal Closure procedure can be performed as a day procedure in hospital. However, depending upon your condition, your treating doctor will explain this in detail.
What happens after the procedure?
Once the diseased vein is sealed, the blood will re-route itself to other healthy veins. You will be further encouraged to walk. Post treatment, you may be required to wear compression stockings for some time. You can resume daily activities within a day however, you should refrain from extended standing, swimming and strenuous activities for few days. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to ensure that the veins have healed properly.
Apollo expertise in the procedure
India’s first VenaSeal Closure procedure to treat varicose veins was successfully performed by Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.
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What are the benefits of VenaSeal Closure System?
- Generally done as a day care procedure.
- No general anaesthesia is required.
- Faster recovery.
- After treatment minimal or no bruising on the treated site.
,li>Symptoms improve immediately after procedure.
How does the VenaSeal Closure System differ from thermal energy procedures?
VenaSeal Closure System uses medical adhesive to seal the superficial vein. However, thermal energy generates heat to seal the vein. The intense heat can lead to numbing and bruising after the procedure.
What happens to the medical adhesive used during the procedure?
A very small quantity of medical adhesive is used during the procedure to seal the diseased vein which gets absorbed easily.
UPDATED ON 11/01/2022