What is VenaSeal™? VenaSeal™ is the latest minimally invasive procedure proven to safely and effectively treat venous reflux disease. At Vein Specialists, we are dedicated to improving our patients’ health. VenaSeal™ was approved by the FDA late in 2015 and is the only procedure that uses medical adhesive to close a diseased leg vein from the inside. Dr. Magnant and Dr. Nero are the only physicians in Southwest Florida currently offering VenaSeal™, which is available in our Fort Myers and Bonita Springs locations.
What is venous insufficiency? Venous insufficiency occurs when the valves in the veins of the legs no longer function properly. Blood refluxes or flows backward and pools in the lower legs. This pooling of blood can result in varicose veins, leg swelling, skin discoloration or ulceration as well as a host of symptoms including heaviness, achiness and fatigue in the legs which worsen as the day progresses. Other symptoms might include night time leg cramps, restless legs or frequent night time urination.
What should you do if you have these symptoms? We encourage you to come to Vein Specialists. You will be seen by one of our Board Certified Surgeons or our highly skilled Advanced Nurse Practitioners to review your health history, perform a thorough vascular physical examination and order appropriate diagnostic testing, which often includes a comprehensive ultrasound by one of our Registered Vascular Technologists. Upon review of the diagnostic ultrasound results, an individualized treatment plan will be established. If this treatment includes closure of diseased veins, several options are offered at Vein Specialists including thermal ablation with Radiofrequency or LASER, as well as VenaSeal™.
What are the advantages to VenaSeal™ over traditional thermal ablation? VenaSeal™ allows us to treat the entire length of the vein, from the ankle to the groin. With traditional thermal ablation, sealing of the vein is typically limited to the level of the middle calf. VenaSeal™ is better tolerated in some patients as it only requires one needle stick to numb the single needle entry point whereas, with thermal ablation, several needle sticks are necessary. VenaSeal™ procedures are performed in our state of the art outpatient surgical suites under sterile conditions with local anesthesia.
As 2017 draws to a close, we hope that when considering your vein disease and the various options (all of which Vein Specialists offer) you carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages of the various treatment options. Since Vein Specialists focuses 100% on the treatment of vein disease, we offer the full range of vein treatment options and we are proud be the only Certified VenaSeal™ Provider in South West Florida. We are excited for our patients that there will be insurance coverage for VenaSeal™ beginning in 2018.