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Medical Glue Vs Alternate Treatment Options for Varicose Veins

Glue therapy

Varicose veins, which are the unappealing blue and red enlarged and protruding veins on the legs are a major discomfort and a cosmetic concern. They essentially need treatment as they are imperative to your overall health and wellbeing. 

Procedures to treat varicose veins have evolved over the years and the question would be as to which one to choose. In the earlier days, patients were left with only one option called “vein stripping.” A very invasive surgical procedure, it required hospital admission, general anesthesia, long and painful recovery period of up to several weeks, and high treatment risks. Patients with some pre-existing medical conditions could not undergo the treatment of veins as the risks were very high. Those who did, felt the recovery to be tough as healing was slow and needed several days off their work.  

Quite a recent development in treatment of veins involves a medical glue product. In this blog, we will discuss more about this treatment procedure.

Varicose veins

Varicose veins are commonly considered as a symptom of venous insufficiency and is associated with problems in blood circulation in the body. 

When the valves in the veins that transport blood from all parts of the body back to the heart become faulty, the possibility of venous reflux arises. This means that the blood flows backwards and gets pooled in the leg veins. This results in swollen and engorged veins in the legs called varicose veins.

What is Glue treatment for varicose veins?

A special type of “superglue” is used for this treatment which seals off the veins with malfunctioning valves. The glue performs the same job of closing varicose veins like the endothermal ablation (EVLA) that seals off the veins by intense heat or by surgical “vein stripping” procedure.

How is glue treatment performed?

Local anesthetic is injected and the skin near the knee is kept numb. Following this, a needle is inserted into the vein. A wire is passed up the needle and the needle is retracted. The catheter is then passed up the vein along the wire. Glue is injected and the catheter is pulled back. Pressure is applied to the surface skin above the varicose veins for about 30 seconds. In a few minutes, the glue seals and shuts the vein. Now, the next set amount of glue is applied, catheter pulled back and pressure is applied. The procedure is repeated for the whole length of the deceased vein. The entire procedure is performed under ultrasonic guidance.

Sclerotherapy and Ablation for varicose veins

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes damaged, unsightly veins. During the procedure, the defective veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, the concentration of which varies with the size of the varicose veins being treated. 

The sclerosing agent helps to form clots within the damaged veins and seals them off. This forces blood to reroute to healthier veins and fosters new vein growth. The collapsed veins get naturally absorbed by the body over time. 

Through ablation technique, the abnormal veins are heated by radiofrequency or laser energy and are destroyed. Catheter or a thin tube is inserted into the varicose vein. Ultrasound is used to see the inside of the patient and the doctor guides the catheter through the complete length of the vein. When the tip is in the correct position, heat made by a laser fiber is applied to the inside of the vein. Damaged veins collapse and get sealed. Dead tissues gradually get absorbed by the body.At Avis Vascular Center, our expert doctors have been offering ablation, sclerotherapy, and glue treatment for varicose vein disorders. For more details on the procedures, treatment eligibility, and procedural cost, please visit our center.

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