Treating Varicose Veins with VenaSeal™

The physicians at Vascular & Interventional Specialists specialize in treating varicose veins in patients suffering from chronic venous disease. In the US alone, 23% of the population are affected by varicose veins. While for many of those people varicose veins are primarily a cosmetic concern, for other more severe cases varicose veins cause discomfort and lead to more serious problems.

Varicose veins are large, twisted veins that appear most often in the legs and feet. They are the result of weak or damaged valves in the veins of your legs that are unable to efficiently pump the blood to the rest of your body. These valves allow the blood to flow backward and pool in the veins, causing them to enlarge and twist.

Symptoms

Many patients with varicose veins experience one or more of the following symptoms.

  • Enlarged, dark purple or blue veins
  • Swelling
  • Aching pain or heaviness in one or both legs
  • Itching near affected veins
  • Muscle cramps

As we mentioned above, many people with varicose veins don’t experience any pain. For those that do, however, their symptoms are often worsened by prolonged periods of sitting or standing.

Risk factors

Did you know? Women are more than twice as likely as men to develop varicose veins. Below are the most common risk factors associated with this condition.

  • Women – largely due to hormonal changes
  • Older adults
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Inactive lifestyle

Treating Varicose Veins with VenaSeal™

VenaSeal™ is one of the treatment methods the physicians at Vascular & Interventional Specialists use to treat varicose veins. It is a highly effective treatment method – with a 94.4% closure rate.

While treating varicose veins with VenaSeal™, your physician injects the diseased vein with a small amount of medical adhesive to permanently seal the vein and reroute blood through healthy veins nearby. Since symptoms are caused by the diseased vein, they begin to improve as soon as the vein is sealed.

Many patients feel little to no pain during and after the procedure, and experience minimal bruising. Treating varicose veins with VenaSeal™ is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, meaning patients are able to return home the same day. In fact, many are able to return to their normal activity level immediately following the procedure.

Call (605) 217-5617 to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.