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Robert R Artwohl, MD, PC  •  3300 Providence Drive, Suite 309  •  Anchorage AK  9950  •  Phone:  907-222-6240  •  Fax:  907-222-6870

Robert R Artwohl, MD, PC

3300 Providence Drive - Suite 309

Anchorage AK 99508

Call Us:  907-222-6240


The Venaseal™  is a new way of closing the main vein in the leg that causes varicose veins that has just been approved by the FDA for use in the United States. It is the same principle as the ClosureFast system or the Laser system, except that instead of using heat energy to seal the vein, it uses a glue.

There are several advantages of the Venaseal system, which include:

1.   only one small injection of local anesthetic is needed.  (With the ClosureFast and laser procedures, multiple injections are needed.)

2.  patients do not need to wear support stockings afterwards.

3.  no immediate post-op restrictions on activities.

However there are also disadvantages to the Venaseal system:

1.  there is not as much long-term experience using this system.  It has only been available for commercial in the U.S. for about three years.  

2.  the system is expensive and is covered by Medicare, but not private medical insurance or Medicaid. Therefore, most patients will have to pay the for the procedure themselves.  

3.  Some people don’t like the idea of a “glue” being injected directly into their veins.  The glue used in the system, n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate, is a commonly used medical adhesive that is used in various other applications and is considered safe.  It is often used to seal off other abnormal vessels, like arteriovenous malformations and esophageal varices.   It is also the glue that is used in some skin glues to seal wounds closed.  However, the glue will remain in your body permanently and patients who have Venaseal should consider themselves as having a permanent implant.

If you think you may be interested in the Venaseal system, Dr. Artwohl will happy to discuss this procedure with you.


Dr. Artwohl performs all procedures at the Alaska Vein Clinic.

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