The Vascular and Vein Clinic at Main Line Health, with locations at Lankenau Medical Center and Riddle Hospital, is proud to offer VenaSeal. This FDA-approved system is a new method of treatment for varicose veins, a health issued that plagues more than 40 million men and women each year.
Although varicose veins are most often thought of as a cosmetic issue—causing veins to appear enlarged or bulging on the hands and feet—it can also be a painful one.
“Varicose veins are the most common problem that we see. If they’re left untreated, they can lead to leg pain, swelling, ulcerations and even blood clots,” says Robert Meisner, MD, a vascular and endovascular specialist at Lankenau Medical Center and Riddle Hospital.
For patients who experience physical symptoms like these, the VenaSeal system offers relief by eliminating blood supply to the affected veins. Though vascular surgeons have used both open and catheter-based treatments to alleviate the physical symptoms of varicose veins, the VenaSeal system is the first solution to offer permanent relief without the administration of either tumescent or regional anesthesia.
“This is a relatively new branch of treatment for a very common condition, and it’s very exciting. The pain associated with varicose veins can interfere with the quality of life for some patients, and VenaSeal offers the benefit of lasting relief for venous hypertension through a minimally-invasive, in-office procedure” says Vincent DiGiovanni, DO, vascular surgeon at Lankenau Medical Center and Riddle Hospital.
As part of the treatment, a catheter is inserted through the skin into the affected vein. An adhesive is then delivered through the catheter, and hardens upon its delivery to the vein. To ensure the adhesive is placed safely and accurately, an ultrasound is used to monitor the placement. Unlike other treatment methods, VenaSeal does not require heat application or incisions.
Though VenaSeal offers the benefit of a one-time treatment, less bruising, and a quicker return to activities, it does come with a caveat: It is not currently covered by insurance. Patients who choose to pursue the VenaSeal treatment are required to pay out-of-pocket for the procedure.
In the meantime, Dr. DiGiovanni reminds patients that effective, affordable treatment for varicose veins is also available.
“All of the varicose vein treatments offered at the Vascular and Vein Clinic can provide long-term relief from pain, and are done on an outpatient basis,” says Dr. DiGiovanni. “There is relief out there. You don’t have to live with painful varicose veins.”
“Vein treatment is constantly evolving,” says Dr. Meisner.” We stay abreast of the latest discoveries.”
At Main Line Health we have a long and successful history of treating patients who have vascular disorders—including those who are considered to be high risk. Make an appointment at the Vascular and Vein Clinic, or learn more about the services we offer.