Fitzgibbons Vein Center is the first in Los Angeles to offer the innovative VenaSeal Closure System for treatment of varicose veins. This new method uses an adhesive to effectively “glue” the vein shut. Monte Madsen, one of VenaSeal’s founders, shares some of VenaSeal’s greatest advantages.
5) A Single Session: The VenaSeal treatment requires just one session, and multiple veins can be treated at one time. “You basically get up off the table, and your leg is already feeling the effect of closing that diseased leg, and it feels lighter,” Madsen says. “You don’t have that burden of the numbness or that feeling of weight.”
4) A Fast Fix: You can be done with your VenaSeal treatment faster than it takes to watch an episode of your favorite sitcom. “From the time you insert the device to the time that you’re done, it takes on the average about 20 minutes,” Madsen says. “Yeah, so it’s quite quick!”
3) Dispose of the Hose: Putting on and wearing compression hose or stockings can be difficult and irritating, especially during hot weather in Southern California. Most varicose vein procedures require them to hold the vein closed during recovery. The great news is that VenaSeal doesn’t require the patient to wear them since the adhesive permanently and quickly seals the vein. “In our clinical trials, we aimed to show that you didn’t need compression as part of the post-procedure requirements,” Madsen says. “And it was pretty dramatic. We were able to do that and show that.”
2) Rapid Recovery: It can be hard to fit treatment and recovery into a busy schedule. With VenaSeal, recovery time is reduced to almost nothing. According to Madsen, patients who are athletes or have physical jobs especially like how quickly they can go back to training or work. “In Europe I repeatedly would see the patients leave, get on their bicycle and pedal home,” he says. “They don’t have to have someone drive them to and from the procedure. It’s very gratifying to watch patients get back to their normal activities right away.”
1) No Needless Needles: Hate needles? Thermal methods, which essentially burn the inside of the diseased vein, require much more anesthetic to protect the surrounding tissue and prevent the patient from discomfort. “[Thermal techniques] work really well, but it involved anywhere from about 10 to 20 needle sticks from this long 21-gage needle along the patient’s thigh to inject that fluid,” Madsen says. “VenaSeal doesn’t require any of that. All it requires is a single needle stick near the access site. Just a single stick to put in the numbing medicine.”
If you would like to learn more about VenaSeal or believe you are a candidate, please call the Fitzgibbons Vein Center offices or fill out the online consultation request form.