Vein treatments in our Los Angeles office just got better, and we are excited to share details about VenaSealTM with our patients. Understandably, many people wait years to seek treatment for unattractive and uncomfortable varicose veins. The primary reason given by many patients is that they imagined vein treatment would be painful or require surgery to “strip” their veins from the leg. Ouch! With this connotation of vein treatment, we can understand why any person would hesitate to visit a vein clinic. Let’s see if we can change your perspective on how your veins could be treated by discussing details of VenaSeal.
What is VenaSeal?
This method of closing off poorly-functioning veins is different from anything most people have seen in the past. There is no chemical sclerosing agent to be injected, no heat, and really nothing complicated at all. VenaSeal is conducted with a minor injection of local anesthetic to numb the tissue around the vein (the vein itself has no nerve receptors to feel pain). After numbing, ultrasound is used to observe the affected vein without having to puncture the skin. Locating the damaged parts of the vein, Dr. Lee can then insert a tiny catheter through a nick in the skin. The catheter delivers medical-grade adhesive that is similar to what is used in surgical procedures into the damaged areas to make the internal walls of the vein stick together. It’s that simple!
Benefits of VenaSeal Treatment
Patients appreciate several aspects of VenaSeal treatment, including benefits like:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Proven safety and efficacy
- Same-day recovery, no downtime before normal activities can be resumed
Every vein treatment carries some degree of risk, and VenaSeal is no different. Fortunately, the risk of side effects is very low and, if side effects do occur, they are generally mild and temporary. Some patients may experience minor bleeding where the catheter is inserted. The skin may become slightly inflamed due to the injection of the adhesive itself, but this may feel only like a slight itch or tingling sensation.