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The VenaSeal™ Sapheon Closure System is a unique, minimally invasive treatment that uses a safe-for-the-body medical glue to quickly and effectively treat varicose veins (venous reflux disease). Using ultrasound, a doctor will guide a tiny catheter through a small access site in the skin and into the diseased area of the vein. Next, the VenaSeal™ dispenser delivers a very small amount of medical glue to close the vein. Once the affected vein is closed, blood is immediately re-routed through other healthy veins in the leg. Unlike other treatments, VenaSeal™ does not require anaesthesia to be injected into the leg via multiple needle sticks (tumescent anesthesia) and, because there are no pre-procedures drugs involved, patients can return to their normal activities right after the treatment. Unlike heat-based procedures, with VenaSeal™ there is no risk of skin burns or nerve damage. VenaSeal™ usually does not require any post-treatment pain medication or uncomfortable compression stockings.
How does the VenaSeal™ System work?
Using ultrasound, a doctor will guide a tiny catheter through a small access site in the skin and into the diseased area of the vein. Next, the VenaSeal™ dispenser delivers a small amount of medical glue to close the vein. Once the affected vein is closed, blood is immediately re-routed through other healthy veins in the leg.
Is the medical glue used during the VenaSeal™ procedure safe?
Yes. The VenaSeal™ treatment uses a formulation that is specifically designed for the treatment of varicose veins. This formulation is based on an adhesive that has been used safely and successfully by doctors for over fifty years.
How is the VenaSeal™ procedure different from other varicose vein treatments?
VenaSeal™ Sapheon Closure System is the only treatment to use a medical glue to close the vein, which eliminates the need for multiple needle sticks of anaesthesia and pre-procedure drugs. Unlike other varicose vein treatments, there is virtually no downtime and little to no discomfort.
If you would like to have a consultation please contact the Vein Institute, Toronto’s premier clinic for leading edge, state of the art treatments for leg varicose, spider and facial veins.
Does VenaSeal™ require anaesthesia?
No. The VenaSeal™ procedure requires no anaesthesia to be injected into the leg; only a small amount of numbing medicine at the access site is used.
Is the VenaSeal™ procedure painful?
Patients treated with the VenaSeal™ system have reported little to no pain or discomfort, both during and after the procedure.
What can I expect afterwards?
After the procedure, a small bandage will be placed over the access site and you should be able to return to your normal activities.
Is there any scarring, bruising, or swelling after the procedure?
Patients have reported minimal to no scarring, bruising, or swelling following the VenaSeal™ 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.
References:
  1. The Vein Book /editor, John J. Bergan. Chapter 2: Venous Embryology and Anatomy Geza Mozes and Peter Gloviczki.
  2. The Vein Book /editor, John J. Bergan. Chapter 3: Epidemiology of Chronic Peripheral Venous Disease; Michael H. Criqui, Julie O. Denenberg, Robert D. Langer, Robert M. Kaplan, Arnost Fronek.
  3. The Vein Book /editor, John J. Bergan. Chapter 9: Pathophysiology of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, Peter J. Pappas, Brajesh K. Lal, Frank T. Padberg. Jr., Robert W. Zickler, Walter N. Duran.
  4. “Chronic Venous Insufficiency.” Vascular Web. Society for Vascular Surgery, Jan. 2011. Web. 17 Aug. 2011 www.vascularweb.org/vascularhealth/Pages/chronic-venous-insufficiency.aspx.
  5. Clinical Study: Cyanoacrylate Glue Great Saphenous Vein Ablation: First in Man Feasibility Study of a No-compression, No local Anesthesia Technique: Jose Almeida, Julian J. Javier, Ed Mackay, Claudia Bautista, Thomas Proebstle.
  6. Gloviczki, P, et al. The care of patients with varicose veins and associated chronic diseases: clinical practice guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum. JVS; May 2011.
  7. Jose I. Almeida, Robert J. Min, Rod Raabe, D. J. McLean, and Monte Madsen. Cyanoacrylate Adhesive for the Closure of Truncal Veins: 60-Day Swine Model Results; VASC ENDOVASCULAR SURG published online 14 July 2011.
  8. Quinn Tissue Adhesives in Clinical Medicine, 2nd Edition, ISBN 1-55009-282-0
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