Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment by Sapheon is a unique non-surgical treatment that uses a medical adhesive to safely and effectively treat varicose veins.
Isabella Byrne from Somerset describes her experience of having her veins treated and the results. Unlike other treatments, VenaSeal™ does not require tumescent local anaesthetic around the vein, so there are far fewer injections. The VenaSeal™ procedure also eliminates the use of heat (or thermal energy) so there is virtually no risk of nerve or skin injury. As the medical ‘superglue’ sets within a few minutes, there is not the prolonged healing process associated with ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy and medical stockings are not required afterwards.
A tiny catheter is positioned inside the unhealthy vein using ultrasound through a small puncture in the skin. Next, a small amount of adhesive is delivered inside the vein using a special dispenser to seal the vein which has been identified as being unhealthy and which is causing the varicose veins. After the treatment, blood then travels back to the heart in nearby healthy veins. The glued vein is then absorbed by the body’s natural healing processes.
The VenaSeal™ Adhesive that is used during the procedure is made with a medically approved type of Cyanoacrylate, which has a proven track record of over 50 years of use in the field of medicine. The VenaSeal™ system uses a unique formulation of the compound and it is specifically designed for the treatment of varicose veins.
Being such a new procedure, the Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment by Sapheon does not have a procedure code and it is therefore not covered by private medical insurance such as BUPA, WPA, AVIVA or Simply Health. It can only be offered to those patients who are paying for themselves. Patient suitability for the Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment will be determined after a full consultation and duplex ultrasound scan. After your assessment, the Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment will be discussed as well as more established alternatives such as VNUS Closure, endovenous laser (EVL) and Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy. The early results of international research do look very promising. However, because the Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment for varicose veins is so new, there isn’t sufficiently long clinical follow up to confirm that it keeps the vein closed in the medium to long term in every case. The Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment for varicose veins reduces the number of local anaesthetic injections significantly, but if additional procedures are needed such as phlebectomies, then additional injections may be needed. Finally, as the Venaseal™ or ‘superglue’ treatment for varicose veins is so new, the cost is higher than that of endovenous laser or VNUS Closure. It is not a completely injection-free procedure The results of long term follow up are not available as it is so new Private health insurance companies do not pay for this procedure.
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If you’re worried about your veins and would like a confidential chat please do get in touch. I am happy to offer simple advice by telephone or email for free and without obligation.
The VeinCare Centre also offers a screening assessment with our vascular technologist. For £25 you can have a scan with Wendy Parsons. She is not a doctor and so she could not give you medical advice but she can check your deep veins and your varicose veins and give you an idea of how bad they are and what treatment options might be available. If you would like to have an appointment with Wendy please call 0800 698 3467.