We are now able to offer the new Venaseal treatment at the Blackrock Clinic. The VenaSeal Sapheon Closure System is a unique, minimally invasive treatment that uses a safe-for-the-body medical adhesive to quickly and effectively treat varicose veins (venous reflux disease). Using ultrasound, a surgeon will guide a tiny catheter through a small access site in the skin and into the diseased area of the vein. Next, the VenaSeal dispenser delivers a very small amount of medical adhesive to close the vein. Once the affected vein is closed, blood is immediately re-routed through other healthy veins in the leg. Unlike other treatments, VenaSeal does not require anaesthesia to be injected into the leg via multiple needle sticks (tumescent anaesthesia), and because there are no pre-procedures drugs involved, patients can return to their normal activities right after the treatment. Unlike heat-based procedures, with VenaSeal there is no risk of skin burns or nerve damage. VenaSeal usually does not require any post-treatment pain medication or uncomfortable compression stockings.
As a new procedure, the Venaseal is not currently covered by private medical insurance. It is therefore only available to those patients who are paying for themselves and wish to undergo this procedure. All patients will have to undergo our usual consultation and a venous duplex ultrasound to find out exactly what is going on inside the legs and find out which veins are involved to determine if they are suitable for the Venaseal treatment.
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How Venaseal Works