Varicose veins are more than a cosmetic issue. These bulging, twisting veins that are visible just below the surface of your skin can cause physical symptoms. Many people can attest to the throbbing, aching, and heaviness in their legs that accompany varicose veins.
If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to more serious issues, too, including vein inflammation, bleeding, and ulcers. Fortunately, advancements in varicose vein treatment mean that patients have a variety of options, both surgical and non-surgical, to correct them.
The VenaSeal™ Closure System is an exciting new option that’s available at CA Heart and Vein Specialists in Huntington Beach, California. It’s the only no-heat, no-irritant, non-surgical treatment for varicose veins that uses specialized medical glue to close veins. This unique approach is a true advancement in the way doctors treat varicose veins.
What to know about varicose veins
Veins that run through the legs typically aren’t very visible from the surface. Varicose veins, however, are large and bulge close to the surface of the skin. This characteristic is not only unsightly; it can cause physical discomfort.
Varicose veins are a result of increased blood pressure in those veins. In people with varicose veins, weak or damaged valves cause blood to collect in the veins. As the blood accumulates, the veins become enlarged and visible.
If you’re experiencing varicose veins, you’re not alone. Here are some quick facts about varicose veins:
- 20 to 25 million Americans have varicose veins
- An estimated 50% of Americans over age 50 have varicose veins
- Varicose veins are more common in women
- Roughly half of patients have a family history of varicose veins
- Extra weight, being older, and a lack of exercise increase the risk of varicose veins
- Varicose veins can cause dermatitis, an itchy rash
Sclerotherapy and endovenous ablation have historically been the most common ways to treat varicose veins. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution that irritates the vein, effectively collapsing and closing it, while ablation involves using an instrument to heat the vein to destroy and close it. Both carry risks such as nerve damage.
With VenaSeal, there’s no need for surgery, heat, or irritants. The special medical glue quickly closes the vein right at your doctor’s office. This makes VenaSeal one of the most exciting innovations in varicose vein treatment. Clinical studies demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of VenaSeal for treating varicose veins.
What to expect during a VenaSeal procedure
The team at CA Heart and Vein Specialists thoroughly discusses the procedure with you so you know what to expect. A numbing agent helps ensure you’re comfortable before the catheter, a thin, hollow tube, is carefully inserted into your leg at the site of the varicose vein to deliver the medical adhesive that closes the vein.
You may feel a mild pulling sensation, which is perfectly normal. The catheter is removed once the adhesive is injected, and the blood that was once backed up in the affected vein is routed to other healthy veins.
Learn more about VenaSeal
If you’re ready to learn more about the non-surgical VenaSeal Closure System, call our Huntington Beach office to speak with one of our compassionate staff members or request an appointment online. We’re eager to discuss how VenaSeal can treat your varicose veins. Remember, varicose veins are more than cosmetic; they’re a health issue, too.