VenaSeal™ 2017-08-04T20:05:46+00:00


“VenaSeal™ is the next best thing in vein treatments.”
– Dr. Don Ives

The VenaSeal™ closure system is the only non-thermal, non-tumescent, non-sclerosant procedure approved for use in the U.S. that uses a specially formulated medical adhesive that closes the diseased vein.

Watch the first VenaSeal™ procedure in Alaska.

This unique approach eliminates the risk of nerve injury that is sometimes associated with certain thermal-based procedures. The procedure is administered without the use of tumescent anesthesia, minimizing the need for multiple needle sticks.  Patients also report minimal-to-no bruising post procedure.

Dr. Ives is the first physician in Alaska to perform a commercial varicose vein treatment using VenaSeal™.

This procedure is designed to minimize patient discomfort and reduce recovery time. After the procedure, a small bandage will be placed at the access site. Patients are able to rapidly return to normal activities. Additionally, patients have reported minimal bruising following the procedure.

The VenaSeal™ closure system procedure does not currently have a procedure code and is therefore not currently covered by private medical insurance. It is therefore only available to those patients who are paying with cash or credit card.

The VenaSeal™ closure system should not be used in patients who have a known hypersensitivity to the adhesive, acute inflammation of the veins due to blood clots, or acute whole-body infection.  Adverse events observed in the VenaSeal™ procedure trials—and generally associated with treatments of this condition—included vein inflammation (phlebitis) and burning or tingling (paresthesia) in the treatment zone. Our vein specialists can tell you if this is the right option for your situation.

Does insurance cover VenaSeal™?

As a new procedure, the VenaSeal™ treatment does not currently have a procedure code and is therefore not currently covered by private medical insurance. It is therefore only available to those patients who are paying with cash or credit card.

In addition, not every patient is suitable for the VenaSeal™ treatment. As such all patients will have to undergo our usual consultation and a venous duplex ultrasonography to find out exactly what is going on inside the legs and find out which veins are involved before a decision as to whether this treatment is possible in their legs.

How does it work?

During the procedure, a trained clinician fills a syringe with the medical adhesive, which is inserted into the VenaSeal™ closure system’s dispensing gun that is attached to a catheter.

The catheter is advanced into the diseased vein under ultrasound guidance. The catheter is placed in specific areas along the diseased vein and the clinician conducts a series of trigger pulls to deliver the medical adhesive. Compression is applied to the leg during the procedure.

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Watch this video to see how the VenaSeal™ system works.

What does it treat?

The VenaSeal™ closure system treats symptomatic venous reflux disease in the lower extremity superficial venous system, often the underlying cause of painful varicose veins.

How does the VenaSeal™ procedure differ from thermal energy procedures?

The VenaSeal™ closure system uses an adhesive to close the vein. Thermal energy uses heat to close the vein. The intense heat requires a large volume of dilute numbing medicine, which is injected through multiple needle sticks. The injections may cause pain and bruising after the procedure.

Is there clinical data to support the use of the VenaSeal™ closure system?

The VenaSeal™ closure system has been shown to be effective in three clinical studies, with demonstrated safety and high closure rates.

  • Closure rates in the first in human trial were 92 percent at 12 and 24 months, respectively.
  • Results from the European Sapheon Closure System Observational ProspectivE (eSCOPE) study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery demonstrate a cumulative closure rate of 92.9 percent and improvement in quality of life scores at 12 months.
  • The twelve month results of the VeClose pivotal study demonstrates safety and efficacy of the VenaSeal™ procedure with demonstrated closure rates of 97.2 percent.

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If you are suffering from leg pain and swelling, schedule a consultation to discuss the multiple treatment options available!

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