Updated: Sep 28, 2020
Milford Vascular is now offering the The VenaSeal™ closure system as an option for treating varicose veins. The VenaSeal is the only venous closure procedure that does not require injections to numb the entire leg, does not use heat to close the vein, and does not use a sclerosing solution. During this procedure, a medical glue is delivered inside the vein to close it
In the office, the leg is cleansed and prepped with Betadine solution. Lidocaine is used as a local anesthetic. The abnormal vein is identified with ultrasound and punctured with a small needle. A catheter is then inserted in the vein and advanced under ultrasound guidance to the abnormal valve. The glue is then applied in multiple steps from the valve down to the mid-thigh or knee. Gentle compression is done to allow the glue to adhere to the walls of the vein.
Advantages of this technique include the avoidance of multiple injections of anesthetic solution and the fact that a compression stocking does NOT need to worn afterward.
The VenaSeal is a more gentile mode of venous closure. Unfortunately, in the state of Connecticut, the VenaSeal closure system is only covered by Medicare and Medicare Replacement plans. If you are Medicare age, ask one of our providers for more information about this new innovation in the treatment of venous insufficiency. We will continue to monitor the private insurance companies and advise our patients if this becomes a covered procedure in the future.