A new method for the treatment for saphenous vein reflux is being pioneered by a select group of clinics across the US. Dr. Jung, of Ultimate Vein Care in Kentucky, is among the first to offer VenaSeal™. This newly FDA approved device was commercially released by Medtronic and promises to improve vein treatment.
“This is an exciting and significant advance in the treatment of venous disease that requires only a single needle stick and maxmizes patient comfort. The first patients in Kentucky were treated in our clinic earlier this year. VenaSeal™ expands our options in our treatment of superficial venous insuffiency with least invasive procedure possible,” remarks Dr. Jung.
What is the VenaSeal™ closure system?
VenaSeal™ distinguishes itself from other closure systems by not using heat, injection of fluids which cause swelling or irritation of the malfunctioning vein. Instead, it uses a medical adhesive to close the faulty vein.
What does it treat?
The VenaSeal™ closure procedure treats malfunctioning veins in the lower extremities. These veins, lying on the outer layer of the venous system, can cause pain when they stop pumping blood back to the heart effectively. They are often the source of varicose veins.
How does it work?
Before treating a patient, the physician fills the VenaSeal™ closure system with the medical adhesive by using a syringe. The VenaSeal™ dispensing gun is then introduced via an attached catheter into the vein. Using ultrasound technology, the catheter is guided through the faulty vein to target specific areas along the vein and dispense the adhesive. Compression on the leg is also used during the procedure.
Is there clinical data to support the use of the VenaSeal™ closure system?
The VenaSeal™ closure system has been evidenced to be effective in three clinical studies, showing that the process is safe and yields effective vein closure
- The VeClose pivotal study shows safety and efficacy of the VenaSeal™ closure system with closure rates of 94.3 percent at 24 months.
- Results from the European Sapheon Closure System Observational ProspectivE (eSCOPE) featured in the Journal of Vascular Surgery demonstrate a cumulative closure rate of 88.5 percent and increase in quality of life scores at 36 months.
- Closure rates in the Feasibility Study were 94.7 percent at 36 months, respectively.
How does the VenaSeal™ closure system differ from thermal energy procedures?
Whereas the VenaSeal™ closure system uses medical adhesive, thermal energy methods use heat to close the vein. The latter method requires a great deal of numbing solution which is administered to patients with multiple needles. These injections cause discomfort and leaves marks on the skin after the procedure.
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How quickly can patients return to normal activities post procedure?
The Vena Seal closure system aims to reduce patient discomfort and diminish recovery time. Once the procedure is complete, a small bandage is placed on the area where the catheter was inserted. Patients can resume their normal activities after the procedure. Patients have also reported minimal bruising following the Vena Seal closure system procedure.
How can patients learn more about venous reflux disease and the VenaSeal™ closure system?
Visit our website, http://ultimateveincare.com, to learn more about malfunctioning veins, and the medical and practical benefits of using the VenaSeal™ closure system to treat them.
Is treatment with the VenaSeal™ closure system suitable for everyone?
The VenaSeal™ closure system is not recommended for patients who are sensitive to the adhesive used by the VenaSeal™ closure system, is experiencing inflammation of their veins due to blood clots, or has acute whole-body infection. Negative side effects that have been noted in the VenaSeal™ closure system trial included inflammation of the veins and burning or tingling in the treatment area. These side effects are not uncommon in the treatment of vein disease. Consult with a vein specialist to determine if the Vena Seal closure system is right for you.
What happens to the treated vein left behind in the leg? Don’t I need it?
The purpose of closing the malfunctioning vein is to prevent reflux—the accumulation of blood at the lower extremities of the body due to faulty valves. By closing the faulty veins, blood can be pumped back to the heart by flowing through nearby healthy veins. This improves circulation and alleviates the symptoms caused by vein reflux. The adhesive was created to remain permanently in the GSV and is eventually covered by chronic fibrotic growth for vein closure
Is the VenaSeal™ ™ closure system procedure covered by insurance?
Like with most medical procedures, insurance coverage may vary. Patients interested in the VenaSeal™ closure system should contact their insurance provider for more information.
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