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Treatment of varicose veins varies depending on the severity of the varicose veins. Varicose veins are swollen and enlarged veins – usually blue or dark purple – that generally occur on the legs. They may also be lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance.
Other symptoms can include:
- Aching, heavy legs
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Muscle cramp in your legs
- Dry skin and colour changes in the lower leg
Most surgeons will provide tailor-made treatments based on the nature of your valve or vein failure having examined you. Many treatments are performed without need of a general anaesthetic.
Other common treatments include:
- Endovenous surgery - where the faulty vein or veins are closed by treating the vein with radiofrequency ablation or laser ablation
- Ligation the faulty junctions where blood wrongly enters veins lying beneath the skin. This usually requires an incision at the top of the leg or behind the knee
- Removal of veins in long or short segments - (Stripping, avulsions and microphlebectomies)
- Injection of chemical irritants into veins to destroy the vein and close its channel (sclerotherapy) - This may be performed in clinic when treating less extensive areas or small-sized varicose veins. This can also be combined with the other treatments
However, VenaSeal endovenous cyanoacrylate glue is the most recent innovation in varicose vein treatment that uses a medical glue to seal off varicose veins. The procedure is minimally invasive and performed under local anaesthetic.
The VenaSeal glue is placed into the vein through a fine catheter and rapidly seals the vein shut. The treatment takes approximately 45 minutes. After treatment, the blood in the faulty veins will be diverted to the many normal veins in the leg.
Medical glues have been successfully used for over 50 years in a wide variety of medical applications1,2 and VenaSeal has been proven as clinically safe and effective in multiple clinical studies.3-5 In addition to clinically proven results, VenaSeal has several benefits over traditional varicose vein treatment including the surgeon being able to treat two or more veins in one session, no need for compression stockings (although some patients may benefit from wearing post procedure compression stockings) and a quicker recovery and return to normal activities.
Mr Nick Lagattolla, consultant vascular surgeon at BMI the Winterbourne Hospital said I’m really pleased to be able to offer this new treatment to patients because it is both highly effective and very minimally invasive with no unwanted effects. Compared to more traditional varicose vein treatments there no need for extra local anaesthetic, two or more veins can be treated at the same time and there is no need for post procedural stockings.’
If you’d like to find out more about varicose veins, we spoke to three of our vascular specialists who answered commonly asked questions about the symptoms and risks of varicose veins.
To find out more about varicose vein treatment call us
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1. Spotnitz, WD. (1996). History of Tissue Adhesives. In D. Sierra & R. Saltz (Eds.), Surgical Adhesives and Sealants: Current Technology and Applications (pp. 4). Lancaster, PA: Technomic Publishing Company, Inc.
2. Lawson J, Gauw S, VanVlijmen C, et al. Phlebology 2013;28. Suppl1:2-9 Review article p3,1.
3. Morrison, N. Use of Cyanoacrylate adhesive for Treatment of Incompetent Great Saphenous Veins: 12-month Results of the VeClose Trial, European Venous Forum, 2015.
4. Morrison N, Gibson K, McEnroe S, Goldman M, King T, Weiss R, Cher D, Jones A. Randomized trial comparing cyanoacrylate embolization and radio frequency ablation for incompetent great saphenous veins (VeClose). J Vasc Surg.
5. Almeida JI, Javier JJ, Mackay EG, Bautista C, Cher DJ, Proebstle TM. Two-year follow-up of first human use of cyanoacrylate adhesive for treatment of saphenous vein incompetence. Phlebology / Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine, 2014.