You may feel some minor pain or stinging at the numbing site where the vein will be accessed. A small hollow tubed catheter is them inserted into the vein which may cause mild pressure. Using ultrasound, small amounts of painless medical adhesive are given inside of the vein and the vein walls are then shut together. Some mild pulling or tugging may be felt during this portion.
After treatment the catheter is removed and a small bandage or band aid is applied. Compression stockings do not need to be worn is the venaseal procedure is performed alone without other vein procedures.
What Happens After the Procedure?
After the procedure you will walk for 10-15 minutes in the clinic to be sure that you are recovering well. You will then be discharged home.
Over the next couple of weeks you will need to walk and avoid very long periods of inactivity. Depending on your symptoms you may be able to return to all normal activities very shortly following the procedure.
2-3 weeks following the procedure you will return to clinic for a follow-up appointment with ultrasound. This will verify that the vein remained closed and will address any concerns that you may have.
A final follow-up office appointment with ultrasound will be performed around 4 months following the procedure in order to document long term closure of the treated vein.