The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has recently recommended an innovative varicose vein treatment. Cyanoacrylate glue occlusion is being recommended as one of the best treatments for varicose veins.
Here, we’ll look at why this innovative treatment has been given a NICE seal of approval.
What is Cyanoacrylate glue occlusion?
Cyanoacrylate glue occlusion is a keyhole treatment for varicose veins. It works by sticking the walls of varicose veins together, effectively closing them off.
A tube is placed into the vein near the knee, passing through to the great saphenous vein via ultrasound. The glue is then inserted into the affected vein through the tube. What’s great about this treatment is it reduces the need for multiple anaesthetics to be provided. It also offers a much shorter recovery time than some alternative treatment options, with stockings and bandages not typically required.
This type of treatment has been available for a while now, but it has only recently received a recommendation from NICE. This is because, up until now, there has been very little research into its side effects and effectiveness. Now, patients can opt for this innovative treatment in the reassurance that it does come recommended by NICE.
It is also commonly known as VenaSeal in the UK and it is the only treatment option to use medical glue to close the veins.
Understanding VenaSeal treatment
VenaSeal treatment is one of simplest and effective way to treat varicose veins. While it does come with complications like any type of treatment, it doesn’t have the same level of risk as heated treatments, such as nerve damage and skin burns.
The recovery is minimal, with most patients able to return to their normal activities the same day. This is because less anaesthetic is used, it is a minimally invasive procedure and you won’t need any pre-treatment drugs.
This innovative treatment is one of the best procedures available to treat varicose veins. However, it is worth noting that it isn’t suitable for all patients. Book a consultation with a vein specialist now to determine the best course of treatment for your varicose veins.