Medical Superglue

What is Medical Superglue?

Medical Superglue is intended to permanently treat the underlying veins that cause varicose by sealing the affected veins with a cyanoacrylate-based adhesive. It cannot be used to treat the actual varicose veins but these often improve significantly so that direct treatment (usually done by Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy) is not required. Because the sealed area due to Medical Superglue is very soft and elastic it eventually becomes undetectable

How does Medical Superglue work?

Your Doctor inserts a catheter through the skin into the diseased vein and injects the clear liquid. He then monitors the placement of the catheter and the delivery of the adhesive using ultrasound imaging. Once the adhesive is injected inside the diseased vein, the area is manually compressed, and the adhesive changes into a solid to seal the varicose vein.

When is Medical Superglue used?

Medical Superglue is used for patients with symptoms of venous reflux disease. This occurs when the valves have stopped working properly, allowing blood to flow backwards and collect in the leg veins causing varicose veins and may be associated with aching, swelling, cramping, itching, and ulcers. These symptoms can worsen over time if not treated.

What will it accomplish?

Medical Superglue seals the underlying veins which generally relieves symptoms.

When is it most appropriate?

Medical Superglue is most appropriate for patients who have straight sections of underlying veins where the valves have failed and there are not a lot of associated varicose veins

How effective is the procedure?

The published success of Medical Superglue is up to 98.9% (VeClose Study), with fewer complications than ELA or surgery.

Medical Superglue has been meticulously trialed in the United States and Europe over the last 5 years.  Results published show a low risk of complications and excellent medium-term results.  The VeClose Study out of Germany, showed a 98.9% closure rate at 6 months.  Medical Superglue is considered as effective as Endovenous Laser Ablation (ELA) but does not involve the use of heat and can therefore be performed with the application of a small amount of local anaesthetic as opposed to the larger volumes of anaesthetic required for ELA.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Less Discomfort – The VenaSeal Closure System reduces the discomfort and the recovery time that would be associated with both Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) and Endovenous Laser Ablation (ELA). Only one small injection of Local Anaesthetic is required during the procedure
  2. No compression stockings are required after the procedure for most patients. They may be used for up to 3 days if further treatment is required after VenaSeal
  3. Faster recovery /Less after procedure discomfort – The VenaSeal Closure System is designed to reduce recovery time that is normally associated with UGS and ELA (which is also short). Many patients return to normal activity immediately after the procedure. Your doctor can help you determine when you can return to normal activity. The VenaSeal Closure System closure system is designed to allow rapid return to normal activities
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  1. It cannot be used for the direct treatment of varicose veins but rather the underlying veins that cause the varicose veins. This MAY mean the varicose veins need to be treated at a separate session.
  2. The treated vein may become sore and require anti-inflammatories and time to settle.
  3. VenaSeal is not covered by Medicare.

The diseased superficial vein caused the symptoms. Thus, symptoms may improve as soon as the diseased vein is closed.

The VenaSeal™ closure system procedure is designed to reduce recovery time. Many patients return to normal activity immediately after the procedure. Your doctor can help you determine when you can return to normal activity.

Most patients feel little, if any, pain during the outpatient procedure.

Most patients report little-to-no bruising after the Medical Superglue procedure.

Only a very small amount of Medical Superglue is used to close the vein. Your body will naturally absorb the adhesive over time.

The Medical Superglue procedure uses an adhesive to close the superficial vein.