Varicose veins increase the risk of life-threatening medical conditions, such as pulmonary embolisms. But you don’t always need an invasive medical procedure to treat them. At Coastal Vein Care in Corona Del Mar, CA, we are proud to offer VenaSeal vein closure to treat varicose veins. Many of our clients wonder if this revolutionary treatment is FDA-approved, and that’s an important consideration.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, gnarled, diseased veins with damaged valves that allow blood to flow backwards down to your legs. If you sit or stand for too long, this blood may pool or cause swelling known as edema. There is no known cause for varicose veins. However, vein experts have determined several risk factors for developing this condition.
What Is VenaSeal?
The VenaSeal vein closure system is used to treat symptomatic venous reflux disease found in the superficial venous system of your legs. This medical condition is the leading cause of painful varicose veins. Treatment involves the use of an adhesive to close off the vein. During this FDA-approved treatment, a syringe is filled with a medical-grade adhesive that is inserted into the diseased vein. This sealed vein withers away and dies and will not grow back.
The dispensing gun is attached to a catheter which is strategically inserted into the diseased vein with the help of precise ultrasound guidance. Once the catheter is strategically placed in key areas along the vein, a series of trigger pulls will deliver the medical-grade adhesive. Compression is applied during treatment to eliminate the risk of bleeding and promote comfort.
Benefits of VenaSeal Vein Closure
VenaSeal is the only non-tumescent, non-thermal, non-sclerosant vein closure system that is FDA-approved. This treatment is pain-free and requires no recovery or downtime. After the application of an adhesive bandage, you are free to go back to work.
Another significant benefit of VenaSeal treatment is that it treats uncomfortable swelling, achiness, pins and needles, and other painful, irritating symptoms of varicose veins.
While varicose veins cannot be cured, VenaSeal can treat the veins that are already diseased. To mitigate your risk of developing new varicose veins in the future, come in for an initial consultation and talk to us about which risk factors you have control over.
How Long Is the Recovery Period?
VenaSeal eliminates the need for multiple injections or anesthesia. Thus, the risk of bruising (from several injections) is mitigated and the risk of pain is mitigated. With nothing more than a Band-Aid covering the treatment site, you can go back to your daily activities.
You are not required to wear compression stockings after treatment, however, we generally advise that you do. Before your treatment, we will let you know how many mmHg (millimeters of mercury) of pressure you should look for in your stockings.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results of VenaSeal are considered permanent. Once the diseased vein is closed off, it starves and dies. However, you may find that in the future more of your veins become diseased. This is because VenaSeal does not treat the root cause of varicose veins.
Is VenaSeal Vein Closure FDA-Approved?
The VenaSeal system is the first in its class to be FDA-approved for permanently sealing off varicose veins with an adhesive agent. You will find no safer, more effective vein closure treatment on the market today. Approved by the FDA in 2015, thousands of varicose vein treatments have been performed with this system. There have been no reported cases of severe side effects, risks or complications from this treatment.
Keep in mind, however, that treatment is not for everyone. During your initial consultation, we will review your complete medical history. Let us know if you have a hypersensitivity to the adhesive used, if you suffer from an acute whole-body infection, or if you have blood clots causing acute venous inflammation. If you have an active infection affecting your legs, you will need to hold off on this treatment.
Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment?
Because VenaSeal is so safe, nearly everyone suffering from varicose veins is a good candidate. Ideally, your varicose veins will be at least two centimeters in diameter and buried deep within your leg. During your initial consultation, our friendly vein experts will help you determine if this is the best vein closure treatment for you.
Alternatives to VenaSeal Vein Closure
While VenaSeal is perfectly safe, pain-free and extremely effective, it may not be right for you. That’s why we proudly offer ablative laser vein closure.
Laser Vein Closure
In cases of small varicose veins or varicose veins close to the surface of your skin, we recommend laser vein closure. Using light from an ablative laser, we will close and shrink your diseased veins, causing the blood vessel to develop scar tissue. This seals the vein off and forces blood to be re-routed to the surrounding healthier veins.
We typically recommend this treatment if your veins are inflamed (swollen), making you less than the ideal candidate for VenaSeal. We also recommend this treatment when the skin above your varicose veins is irritated or you are experiencing significant soreness.
How Can I Mitigate My Risk of New Varicose Veins?
1. Eat Better
While you can’t control all risk factors of developing varicose veins, your diet is one factor that is completely in your control. To mitigate your risk of developing new varicose veins in the future, make sure you stay hydrated at all times. You should urinate every hour or two and your urine should be very pale yellow if not clear. You can stay hydrated by drinking water and decaffeinated tea or coffee. You can also find hydration in water-dense foods, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelons.
Hydration helps to improve your circulation, and it also serves to lower your blood pressure. If you suffer from hypertension, minimize your sodium intake, as well. Sodium is one of the leading factors contributing to hypertension.
2. Walk More
It may seem contradictory, but two of the biggest risk factors for developing new varicose veins are sitting and standing for too long. The human body has evolved to thrive while in motion. Whether you’re sitting or standing, your circulatory system is slacking off. In the moment, walking gets your heart pumping harder, making it more effective at circulating blood back up through your legs. After months of regular walking, your legs and the veins within your lower limbs become stronger.
3. Wear Compression Garments During Pregnancy
During your first trimester, you have around 45% more blood in your body than when you are not with child. By your second trimester, you are probably carrying significant extra weight in your lower abdomen due to hormones and other factors.
Wearing compression stockings throughout your entire pregnancy helps to reduce the likelihood of varicose veins by helping your body fight against gravity and pump blood from your legs back up to your heart.
4. Elevate Your Legs Above Your Heart
To mitigate your risk of developing varicose veins in the future, elevate your legs above your heart at night. Your heart has worked hard all day to circulate blood throughout the body. Give it some much-needed rest by allowing gravity to return the blood from your feet and legs to your heart.
5. Lose Weight
Similar to expecting mothers, overweight or obese individuals often carry a lot of weight in their lower abdomen. Moreover, if they have a body mass index above 30, they are at severe risk of developing hypertension if they don’t have it already. These are just a couple reasons why having an excessive body fat percentage is conducive to developing varicose veins.
You can’t control where your body loses weight from. For example, you may lose weight in your neck and upper arms but not your stomach. However, overall weight loss, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen, will bring your blood pressure back down to settle within a healthy range.
In the meantime, put on prescription compression garments when you wake up every morning to prevent swelling, blood pooling or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Depending on the location of the thrombosis, a blood clot can break off, enter your blood stream and settle in one of your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). This is a potentially life-threatening condition.
6. Don’t Smoke or Drink in Excess
Excessive alcohol consumption causes severe dehydration which increases your blood pressure. Similarly, nicotine restricts your blood vessels, which raises your blood pressure. To mitigate your risk of developing varicose veins in the future, abstain from nicotine, drink in moderation and always stay hydrated while imbibing.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
To determine if VenaSeal Vein Closure is right for you, contact the professional vein experts at Coastal Vein Care in Corona Del Mar, CA today to schedule your initial consultation. Conveniently located just 4.2 miles from Newport Beach, Dr. Yalmanchili is board-certified and a recognized member of the American College of Phlebology. If you’re ready to get your legs beach-ready, you could not be in better hands in a better location.