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Medical Superglue is intended to permanently treat the underlying veins that cause varicose by sealing the affected veins with a cyanoacrylate-based adhesive. It cannot be used to treat the actual varicose veins but these often improve significantly so that direct treatment (usually done by Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy) is not required. Because the sealed area due to Medical Superglue is very soft and elastic it eventually becomes undetectable.
Your doctor inserts a catheter through the skin into the diseased vein and injects the clear liquid. He then monitors the placement of the catheter and the delivery of the adhesive using ultrasound imaging. Once the adhesive is injected inside the diseased vein, the area is manually compressed, and the adhesive changes into a solid to seal the varicose vein.
Medical Superglue is used for patients with symptoms of venous reflux disease. This occurs when the valves have stopped working properly, allowing blood to flow backwards and collect in the leg veins causing varicose veins and may be associated with aching, swelling, cramping, itching, and ulcers. These symptoms can worsen over time if not treated.
Medical Superglue seals the underlying veins which generally relieves symptoms.
Medical Superglue is most appropriate for patients who have straight sections of underlying veins where the valves have failed and there are not a lot of associated varicose veins.
The published success of Medical Superglue is up to 98.9% (VeClose Study), with fewer complications than ELA or surgery.
Medical Superglue has been meticulously trialled in the United States and Europe over the last 5 years. Results published show a low risk of complications and excellent medium-term results. The VeClose Study out of Germany showed a 98.9% closure rate at 6 months. Medical Superglue is considered as effective as Endovenous Laser Ablation (ELA) but does not involve the use of heat and can, therefore, be performed with the application of a small amount of local anaesthetic as opposed to the larger volumes of anaesthetic required for ELA.
When will my symptoms improve? The diseased superficial vein caused the symptoms. Thus, symptoms may improve as soon as the diseased vein is closed.
When can I return to normal activity? Medical Superglue is designed to reduce recovery time. Many patients return to normal activity immediately after the procedure. Your doctor can help you determine when you can return to normal activity.
Is Medical Superglue painful? Most patients feel little, if any, pain during the outpatient procedure.
Is there bruising after Medical Superglue? Most patients report little-to-no bruising after Medical Superglue.
What happens to Medical Superglue? Only a very small amount of Medical Superglue is used to close the vein. Your body will naturally absorb the adhesive over time.
How does Medical Superglue differ from thermal energy procedures? Medical Superglue uses an adhesive to close the superficial vein.
You will have an ultrasound imaging exam of the leg that is to be treated to confirm the area where Medical Superglue will be used. The doctor will again discuss the procedure with you.
A brief summary of what to expect is below:
The Medical Superglue procedure is minimally invasive and catheter-based. As such, it may involve the following risks. Your doctor can help you understand these risks.
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