Made from cyanoacrylate, VenaSeal glue is special glue that’s used for the treatment of varicose veins. Since it sets itself within a few minutes, it brings about a faster healing process. It generally closes the bad veins and redirects blood flow to healthy veins.
What to Expect
Before the procedure, you’ll have imaging and an ultrasound exam of the leg that’s to be treated. This assessment is important for examining the superficial vein and for planning the procedure.
During The Procedure
Although your doctor will discuss the whole procedure with you, here is a summary of what you should expect:
• You may feel some stinging or minor pain with a needle stick to numb the site where the doctor will do the assessment.
• Once the area is completely numb, the doctor will insert a catheter into the affected leg. During the placement of the catheter, you may feel some pressure.
• The doctor will place the catheter in a specific area along the vein to deliver small amounts of the medicinal adhesive. During this time, you’ll feel some mild sensation of tugging and pulling. To guide and position the catheter, the doctor will use an ultrasound.
• After the procedure, the catheter will be removed and the puncture site bandaged.
After The Procedure
Once the doctor is done, you’ll be taken to the recovery area to rest. Your doctor will then tell you what will be done during your next visit as well as a few things that you should do as well as those to avoid to achieve faster and effective healing.
Although the VenaSeal glues catheter-based and minimally invasive, it may come with a few risks. Some of the risks that you may face include but not limited to:
• Swelling of the feet or edema.
• Allergic reaction to the VenaSeal
• Bleeding from the access site.
• Blood clot or deep vein thrombosis.
• A collection of blood outside the vessel.
• Infection at the access site.
• Nonspecific mild inflammation of the subcutaneous and cutaneous tissue.
• Neurological deficits including death and strokes.
• Pain in the affected area.
• Visible scarring.
• Perforation and vascular rupture.
• Ulceration at the site of injection
• Parenthesis or feeling of pricking, tingling, burning and numbness.
Clearly, venaseal glue procedure is simple and straightforward. The above highlighted are some of the things to expect during and after the procedure. Although some risks may exist, like any other medical procedure, the benefits far outweigh the risks.