Mr Syed Tahir Hussain, Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon at the Varicose Vein Clinic discusses the new innovative VenaSeal treatment for Varicose Veins, detailing the key benefits, who it’s suitable for and why this should be considered the leading treatment option for varicose veins.
How common are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are very common. Nearly one in three people develop them over their lifetime and we treat more women for varicose veins then men.
What is VenaSeal?
VenaSeal is a new treatment for varicose veins surgery which I believe to be less painful. It involves using a glue like treatment – which I’m calling ‘superglue’ in order to close the large vein rather than using heat treatment. The heat treatment as you can imagine is painful and lots of local anaesthesia is required in order to provide for the heat treatment – involving a number of injections. In comparison, VenaSeal only requires one injection to close the vein, meaning it’s much less painful.
Mr Syed Tahir Hussain, Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon
Who is suitable for this treatment?
Not all patients are suitable for this treatment. It is more suitable for patients who have bilateral varicose veins. The treatment is not suitable for patients with very large varicose veins. It is important patients are examined by a vein specialist for a full consultation, examination and a duplex ultrasound scan.
What are the benefits of this treatment?
The main benefit of VenaSeal is that it’s less painful than all the other treatments as the
procedure can be done entirely under local anaesthesia with no sedation required. Therefore it is suitable for people of all age groups. The other main advantage is that you don’t need to wear stockings after surgery.
How does the treatment work?
The treatment works by delivering glue into the vein. Then, external pressure is applied to close the vein with the glue to ensure the vein remains closed. This procedure can be carried out in an outpatient setting and only one needle hole is made where the catheter is inserted in order for the glue to pass into the vein.
What is the aftercare?
After two or three weeks the patient would need to come in to ensure all is well.
How effective is VenaSeal?
Studies have shown that after one year the success rate is just as effective as other treatments on the market. But as this is a new treatment, I certainty would recommend a full consultation with a vein specialist before implementation.
What can a patient expect from a Consultation?
The patient will have a history examination of the veins and also undergo an ultrasound scan to locate where the veins are in the leg. All patients require an ultrasound examination.
What are the benefits of a patient coming to the Varicose Vein Clinic?
A patient visiting the Varicose Vein Clinic will be seen and treated by a leading vascular specialist who has a vast amount of experience treating varicose veins. The clinic offers all modalities of treatment within a dedicated unit at The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth.
Make an appointment
The Varicose Vein Clinic is a specialist service headed up by two of the UK’s leading Vein
Specialists. To book an appointment with Mr Syed Tahir Hussain please contact 020 3370 1029 or email [email protected]
Flexible appointment times are available.