It’s one of the first treatments approved in Australia boasting big results with minimal invasiveness. The treatment, called VenaSeal, gives patients several new benefits thanks to its use of medical-grade adhesives. It’s one of the first treatments of its kind that has been approved in Australia.
The device is inserted and guided by ultra-sound through the affected area. Once in place the superglue like adhesive gets injected incrementally into the effected vein; the administering doctor applies pressure to the area sealing the vein with the glue.
Several benefits were raised in favour of the VenaSeal treatment; one being that you are not required to wear a stocking after the procedure compared to most laser treatments where one is usually required after the session. Secondly, VenaSeal treatment does not require general anesthesia instead uses minor local anesthetics and Intravenous sedation if required.
Along with the benefits, a few downfalls do come up; one being that it is significantly more expensive than the other minimally invasive methods, as well as the procedure not being covered by any Medicare rebate program. But is VenaSeal better than laser?
VenaSeal is still just one of the many treatments available in Australia. As is normal with a new product, it doesn’t have the same numbers available to prove safety and efficacy and like all treatments of this type, we use the medical evidence to support its use.
For over ten years, endovenous laser ablation has been a very effective and proven minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. Dr Paul Varcoe of Vein Doctors Group performed the very first endovenous laser ablation in Queensland. Like you, Vein Doctors Group will be watching the developments closely.
Dr Chris Lekich, Medical Director of Vein Doctors Group will be hosting a national training conference for all vein doctors (phlebologists) in Australia, which will include a demonstration of the use of the VenaSeal system. At Vein Doctors Group, we look forward to educating others on VenaSeal in addition to endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy which are the mainstream treatments of choice for varicose veins at this point in time as recommended by the Australasian College of Phlebology.