How long does the VenaSeal procedure take?
The VenaSeal procedure is a relatively quick and minimally invasive treatment for chronic venous insufficiency, in which the veins in the legs do not effectively circulate blood back to the heart. The procedure typically takes about an hour to complete, although this can vary depending on the number and location of the affected veins.
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How does VenaSeal treat chronic venous insufficiency?
During the VenaSeal procedure, your vein doctor will use a special adhesive to seal off the affected veins. The adhesive is delivered through a small catheter inserted into the vein through a tiny incision in the skin. Once the adhesive has been applied, it will harden and close off the vein, preventing blood from flowing through. This improves circulation in the legs and reduces the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, such as leg pain, swelling, fatigue, spider veins, and varicose veins.
VenaSeal vs. Sclerotherapy: what’s the difference?
VenaSeal and sclerotherapy are commonly used treatments for chronic venous insufficiency and spider veins. However, there are some key differences between the two procedures.
One of the main differences between VenaSeal and sclerotherapy is how they treat the affected veins. VenaSeal uses an adhesive to seal off the veins, while sclerotherapy involves injecting a special solution into the veins to damage their walls and cause them to close off. VenaSeal seals the walls of the damaged vein together, while sclerotherapy irritates the vein walls to turn them into hardened tissues eventually metabolized by the body.
Most importantly, VenaSeal is primarily used to treat chronic venous insufficiency, the root cause of most vein problems, and sclerotherapy treats spider veins, one of the superficial symptoms of vein disease. Sclerotherapy can only remove the visible spider veins on the skin’s surface, while VenaSeal can address the underlying problem. VenaSeal is a medically necessary procedure, and you may need both procedures for optimal relief.
Are there any potential VenaSeal complications?
Like any medical procedure, VenaSeal carries a risk of complications. However, the procedure is generally safe and effective, and the risk of complications is low. Some complications of VenaSeal include bleeding, infection, and allergic reactions to the adhesive. In rare cases, the adhesive may not seal off the vein properly, leading to the need for additional treatment. However, you can avoid most risks and complications by consulting board-certified vein doctors specializing in cutting-edge vein treatments in Long Island.
How long should I wear compression stockings after the VenaSeal procedure?
Compression stockings are often recommended after the VenaSeal procedure to improve circulation and reduce swelling in the legs. The specific length of time you will need to wear the stockings will depend on your individual circumstances and the recommendation of your vein doctor. In general, it is recommended that patients wear compression stockings for at least a few weeks after the procedure to ensure the best possible results.
You’ll have to wear compression stockings throughout the day for the first couple of days. Over time, you can reduce the number of hours you wear compression stockings. Even after the complete recovery process, it’s advised to wear compression stockings occasionally to minimize the risk of vein disease recurrence. In fact, you can even wear compression stockings if you have a high risk of vein disease because it can minimize the risk.
What are the benefits of the VenaSeal procedure?
There are several benefits to the VenaSeal procedure for treating chronic venous insufficiency. One of the main advantages of VenaSeal is that it is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require using needles. This procedure is less painful than other vein treatment options and has a shorter recovery time. VenaSeal is also highly effective at sealing off the affected veins and improving circulation in the legs. Generally speaking, VenaSeal has a nearly perfect 99% success rate.
Can you walk after VenaSeal?
Yes, most patients can walk after the VenaSeal procedure. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, so you can return home the same day. While you may experience some discomfort or swelling in the treated area, you can walk and resume normal activities immediately. However, please follow the instructions of your vein doctor and avoid strenuous activities for a few days to ensure the best possible results.
Are you awake for VenaSeal?
Yes, the VenaSeal procedure is typically performed while the patient is awake. The procedure is generally well-tolerated and does not require general anesthesia. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the area where the catheter is inserted, but you will remain awake and alert during the procedure.
Can I shower after VenaSeal?
Yes, most patients can shower after the VenaSeal procedure. It’s important to keep the treated area clean and dry to prevent infection. You should avoid soaking the treated area in water or taking long baths for the first few days after the procedure. Instead, you should take short, lukewarm showers and pat the treated area dry with a clean, soft towel.