Cyanoacrylate Glue Treatment for Varicose Veins
The Sapheon Closure System – VenaSeal is an innovation in the treatment of varicose veins using cyanoacrylate glue. It is currently considered a potential solution to different types of varicose veins. The results are very impressive.
Cyanoacrylate is a ‘glue-type’ substance which has previously been used in the treatment of blood vessel abnormalities (arterio-venous malformations) for over a decade and no major adverse effects from this use have been reported. Recently there have been further developments and it has become an innovative treatment for varicose veins without the need for heating or burning and without the need for local anaesthesia or compression post procedure.
The treatment is in the form of a simple injection under ultrasound guidance directly into the varicose veins to seal them. It is a quick and convenient treatment requiring a single minimal dose of local anaesthesia at the injection site during the procedure. This is unlike laser and thermal ablation during which serial local anaesthetic injections are required. The compression bandaging and stockings required after laser treatment and thermal ablation are not necessary after glue treatment.
Patients benefit from a virtually pain free procedure and the ability to resume normal activity almost immediately.
Mr Dimitri is currently the only consultant vascular surgeon in the UK approved to provide training to other surgeons in the use of cyanoacrylate glue for the treatment of varicose veins.