The results of the Venaseal “superglue” treatment for varicose veins are being published this month in the Journal of Vascular Surgery (see reference below) and Prof Mark Whiteley and The Whiteley Clinic were part of this international multi-centre study.
This revolutionary walk-in, walk-out surgical technique that reduces the number of injections needed for local anaesthetic and also reduces the need for compression stockings afterwards, has now been shown to have excellent results 1 year after treatment.
Venaseal “superglue” is as effective as EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) and RFA (radiofrequency ablation) after 12 months – but does not need local anaesthetic to be infected along the course of the vein being treated – a process called “tumescence”. This means far fewer injections – which is great news for anyone who doesn’t like needles!
However, being approximately £1,000 more than an EVLT (endovenous laser treatment) or RFA (radiofrequency ablation) treatment, not everyone will think that the reduced number of injections of local anaesthetic nor the possible reduction of days wearing compression stockings will be worth the extra cost.
This study has shown that the technique is a real alternative to thermoablation of the veins using laser or radiofrequency, and particularly for those people with few visible bulging varicose veins and a dislike of needles and injections, Venaseal “superglue” provides a real alternative way to get varicose veins treated effectively and with minimal discomfort.
Twelve-Month Follow-up of the European Multicenter Study on Cyanoacrylate Embolization of Incompetent Great Saphenous Veins
Proebstle TM, Alm J, Dimitri S, Rasmussen L, Whiteley M, Lawson J, Davies A
Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders 2014; 2(1):1 p05–106