Although varicose veins can be a disruptive condition, the good news is Dr. Schmetterer Lawrence is dedicated to providing the best possible care to treat varicose veins in his Ohio-based facilities.
There’s a minimally invasive treatment called VenaSeal which helps treat varicose veins. In this blog post, you will find out how successful this therapy has proven to be for those with varicose veins.
What is VenaSeal?
VenaSeal is a procedure that seals or closes damaged veins by means of a medical adhesive, specially formulated for those struggling with varicose veins.
The adhesive is injected through a catheter and allows the diseased vein to take a much-needed break. The blood that would normally flow through the vein can then be rerouted to a healthy vein.
This treatment is effective and facilitates the relief of uncomfortable symptoms such as painful, swollen legs and discolored bulges.
What Happens During the VenaSeal Procedure?
Dr. Lawrence will first talk to you about what to expect. Once you have a clear understanding, he will proceed to enter a tiny catheter into the affected leg. Using ultrasound, Dr. Lawrence will inject the medical adhesive through the catheter into the vein and seals it with some mild pressure.
What Are the Benefits of VenaSeal?
The VenaSeal Sapheon Closure System Pivotal Study, also known as the VeClosy Study reports a success rate of over 95% for patients who received the VenaSeal treatment. There were 222 subjects and vein closure was observed and assessed across a 12-month period.
VenaSeal is safe as only a tiny amount of adhesive is injected and it disappears gradually. The procedure minimizes nerve damage and significantly improves the following symptoms of varicose veins:
- Less Pain and heaviness in the legs
- Reduced Swelling of the feet
- No more Leg Fatigue
- Fewer Muscle cramps
Other advantages of the surgery include:
- No incision stitches
- No downtime return to work and you can return to your daily activities immediately
- No compression therapy is necessary
- Minimally invasive
Am I the Right Candidate for VenaSeal?
You’re probably wondering by now if you are a candidate for the VenaSeal treatment. If you have varicose veins, you may be a candidate for the surgery. The technique works best for veins that are 2 centimeters in diameter or more.
However, not everyone is a candidate for the treatment, so you should schedule an appointment with a vein specialist to find out whether it is appropriate for you.
You can read more about the best treatment options for venous insufficiency.
How Long is Recovery From VenaSeal?
Now let’s take a closer look at the recovery process. There is a quick recovery time as VenaSeal is a minimally invasive procedure. Once Dr. Lawrence has sealed your veins, he will place a bandage over the minor incision.
You will be able to get back to your daily activities within 24 hours. It takes up to 5 – 7 days for the veins to fully seal. Compression stockings are not necessary after the surgery, however, the doctor may advise you to wear them.
What To Do if Discomfort Occurs After VenaSeal?
Minor tenderness in the treated area is a small possibility but when it occurs, it is best to use a heating pad, elevate your legs or take over-the-counter analgesics, as needed.
If you have pain that becomes severe or worsens over time, don’t hesitate to call your doctor as this may indicate an issue that could require medical treatment.
What Should You Avoid?
Your legs carry you and when undergoing VenaSeal, it is recommended that you avoid lifting heavy objects or standing for too long. It is also important that you refrain from the use of hot tubs while the veins heal from the VenaSeal procedure.
Read more about how exercise can be helpful in treating varicose veins.
What Happens to The Treated Veins After VenaSeal?
Your body responds to the VenaSeal adhesive by surrounding and encapsulating it with connective tissue in the vein causing the vein to harden. Once the treated vein hardens, it is eventually absorbed into the body.
Speak to Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer — the Leading Vascular Surgeon of Choice in Northeast Ohio
Dr. Lawrence Schmetterer is a vascular surgeon and vein expert based in Youngstown, Ohio. With his wide knowledge base and expertise in veins and VenaSeal, he can help you through this treatment to remove your varicose veins.
To find out how you can make varicose veins a thing of the past, get in touch with us today.