In today’s Daily Mail, there is an article on the use of medical “Super Glue” called VenaSeal to treat varicose veins. I commented on this in a previous blog posting. I believe that the Sapheon “super glue” Closure system for varicose veins is one of the most interesting and promising developments in the treatment of this condition for many years. The procedure is very fast and there is no need for local anaesthetic injections, so the procedure really is pain-free. In addition, there is no requirement to wear compression stockings afterwards, which many people in my clinic find uncomfortable or difficult to put on. However, the use of medical super glue for veins is at a very early experimental stage. The results of this clinical study and others are needed in very large numbers of people (to identify rare but serious complications) and for at least 5 years (to be sure that this technique stands the test of time). Nevertheless, the Sapheon Closure System is an exciting new treatment option.
The article in the Daily Mail is very interesting. However I would caution readers not to rush out asking their vein specialist to have VenaSeal for their varicose veins until we have the results of this trial and the results of other trials comparing it to established, tried and tested treatments such as endo-venous laser, Radiofrequency (VNUS Closure) and Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy. Will I be performing it next week? Well perhaps, as part of a research trial.
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