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What is Venaseal?

Improved circulation through healthy blood flow restoration.

Endovenous adhesive ablation, most commonly known as VenaSeal, is a treatment that involves a small amount of medical adhesive that is inserted in the varicose vein through a small catheter under ultrasound guidance. Direct pressure is applied to seal the vein, allowing the blood to be redirected to other healthy veins.

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Why Venaseal?

Benefits of VenaSeal procedure to treat varicose veins.

Here are some reasons to consider VenaSeal to treat your varicose veins:

  • Simple, outpatient procedure.
  • Performed under local anesthesia, in-office.
  • Compression stockings not required following the procedure.
  • Resume nearly all activities, including exercise, immediately following the procedure.
  • Patients typically experience less pain and bruising as compared to other vein treatment options.

VenaSeal Procedure Cost

Costs for VenaSeal treatment depend on a few different factors.

The price of a VenaSeal treatment for varicose veins varies depending on your personalized treatment plan, as well as your insurance plan coverage. Because treating vein disease is our specialty, VCA works with patients to discuss detailed pricing, and as needed, payment options that best fit your needs. Two popular options we have are CareCredit® and Flex Spend Accounts (FSA/HSA).

  • CareCredit® is a credit card made for out-of-pocket healthcare costs when insurance doesn’t fully cover treatments.
  • FSA and HSA are other options that may allow for reimbursement of health-related treatments and expenses, including those for vein disorders. However, always check with your plan’s administrator for options. For more information, visit our Financial Assistance page.

Potential Risks of VenaSeal Treatment

The risks of VenaSeal are few and most are very rare.

VenaSeal procedure for varicose veins is a safe treatment option, performed at Vein Clinics of America locations across the country. However, even with minimally invasive procedures there is always a potential risk. Some possible risks of VenaSeal procedure include:

  • Hyperpigmentation (discoloration of the skin which fades over time)
  • Allergic reaction to venaseal or anesthesia
  • Blood clot (very rare)
  • Phlebitis (very rare)

How to Prepare for VenaSeal Procedure

Preparation for a VenaSeal procedure is minimal and requires very little from the patient.

VenaSeal procedures are performed in the office, they are minimally invasive, and require little to no preparation from the patient. Following your consultation and ultrasound appointment, your specialist will meet with you to share your customized treatment plan. They will provide an overview of the procedure, what you can expect, how to prepare for it, and what to expect following the procedure.

Here’s what to expect the night before and day of your VenaSeal procedure:

The night before treatment:

  • Get plenty of sleep and stay hydrated.

The day of treatment:

  • Take medications as directed, eat meals as you normally would and drink plenty of water. If you have been prescribed compression stockings, do not wear them on the day of procedure.
  • Once you arrive at the office and check in, you will be escorted to a changing room where you will be asked to change into disposable shorts. Once ready, pre-procedure photos will be taken of your leg and you will then be escorted into the procedure room.
  • Your leg will be cleaned and draped as this is a sterile procedure. Your physician and healthcare team will walk you through each step in the process with as much or little detail as you would like. Ultrasound will be used for guidance so that the physician has a live view of your vein. This allows for a safe and effective procedure.
  • The appointment time will be approximately one hour but the procedure itself will be 15-20 minutes.
  • You will feel a light pinching as the anesthesia is injected just below the skin at the entry site and some pressure as the catheter is passed through the vein.
  • Once the procedure is complete, they will clean and bandage your leg and walk you back to your changing room.
  • Once you change and check out, you can return to most normal activities right away.
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VenaSeal Side Effects

See possible side effects of the VenaSeal procedure.

The side effects following VenaSeal treatment are minimal, but may be more noticeable for some. As is to be expected following any procedure, the few weeks following VenaSeal may bring about the following potential side effects:

  • Tiredness in the legs.
  • Bruising and some discomfort are likely to occur as well, but should not last longer than a couple of weeks.
  • Some patients may also experience inflammation.

VenaSeal Recovery

Recovery from VenaSeal is minimal.

In order to ensure a smooth recovery from your VenaSeal procedure, you will be given take home instructions which will outline what you can expect, what to do, as well as what not to do. Examples are below but these may differ based on your vein size, history, and provider preference.

What to expect immediately following the procedure:

  • Stiffness in the leg which improve with movement.
  • Redness and warmth at the injection sites which may become bruises over the coming weeks.

What TO do (day 1-5) after the procedure:

  • Take 2-3 20 minute brisk walks each day.
  • Take over-the-counter pain or NSAID as needed.
  • Apply ice over areas of discomfort as needed.

What NOT to do (day 1-5) after the procedure:

  • Take hot baths or sit in a hot tub.
  • Go swimming in a pool or any body of water.
  • Long distance running or high intensity training.
  • Long travel (plane, long car drives).

What to expect weeks following the procedure:

  • Your leg will begin to feel better, you should begin to notice symptoms resolve, such as swelling, pain, and tenderness.
  • Thin patients, or those with veins near the surface of the skin may notice a shadow along the course of the vein and may feel a hard palpable cord – this is a normal part of the healing process and will fade over time in color and texture.

Patient Success Story: Bonnie’s VenaSeal™ closure system vein treatment story

A leg bruise that wouldn’t heal turned into an open sore and left Bonnie in excruciating pain. Bonnie struggled to care for her horses and stopped riding them altogether. She said, “On a scale of 1 to 10, it was probably a 12, it hurt so bad.” The pain also slowed her down at work; her job at the local farm store meant she was on her feet eight hours a day. “Every step was painful. The worst pain I’ve ever experienced,” said Bonnie.

Doctors eventually diagnosed Bonnie with chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI.

Her vein doctor recommended the VenaSeal closure system, and it worked out so well for Bonnie that she’s back to riding her beloved horses again.

“I didn’t really realize all the things I couldn’t do until I could do them again. This procedure changed my life completely.”

If you are interested in scheduling a VenaSeal procedure to treat your varicose vein disease, get in touch with Vein Clinics of America.

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