Treatments

Venaseal™

The most recent innovation in the treatment of varicose veins is the use of medical glue known as VenaSeal (cyanoacrylate) to physically shut down and seal the main defective vein. Restore Vein and Skin Centre is the first clinic in the Okanagan accredited by the College of Physicians and Surgeons to perform this procedure. Our newly built surgical suite meets the latest Canadian Standards Association requirements for a non-hospital surgical suite for optimum safety.

What is Venaseal™?

The most recent innovation in the treatment of varicose veins is the use of medical glue known as VenaSeal (cyanoacrylate) to physically shut down and seal the main defective vein.  VenaSeal Adhesive (Glue), previously known as “Sapheon Glue”, is a safe, medical grade glue that is used to shut the main Saphenous Vein in the thigh. Once the vein has been glued shut, it will undergo a process of hardening (referred to as Sclerosis) and will be gradually absorbed by the body. The procedure is very safe and minimally invasive.

How does is work?

The VenaSeal Procedure involves the placement of a very small amount of VenaSeal Medical Glue into the vein through a small catheter. Once the affected vein is closed, blood is immediately re-routed through other healthy veins in the leg. Unlike other treatments, VenaSeal does not require a Regional Nerve Block or large volumes of Anaesthesia. Furthermore, there are no pre-procedures drugs involved and patients can return to their normal activities right after the treatment. Unlike heat-based procedures such as Endovenous Laser or Radiofrequency Ablation, with VenaSeal there is no risk of skin burns or nerve damage. VenaSeal does not require any immediate post-treatment pain medication or compression stockings.

What to expect from the VenaSeal Procedure:

  • A duplex ultrasound is used to map out your vein.
  • Local anaesthetic is then applied to a small area in the lower leg.
  • A thin catheter is inserted through a tiny entry point, usually near the knee.
  • VenaSeal Glue is then injected through the catheter using a special applicator and into the vein.
  • Small amounts of glue (0.1 mls) are injected every 3 cm along the length of the vein
  • Patients will be instructed to get dressed and will be given all the necessary Post Operative Instructions.
  • Walking immediately after the procedure is encouraged. Normal daily activity can be resumed right away – just avoid rigorous activities such as gym workouts.
  • There may be minor soreness in the thigh. Usually this can appear a few days to a few weeks later, and should not be a concern. Any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories only after consultation and discussion with your doctor.

Restore Vein and Skin Centre is the first clinic in the Okanagan accredited by the College of Physicians and Surgeons to perform this procedure. Our newly built surgical suite meets the latest Canadian Standards Association requirements for a non-hospital surgical suite for optimum safety.