Alaska Vein Clinic

The Venaseal™  is a new way of closing the main vein in the leg that causes varicose veins that is approved by the FDA for use in the United States. It is now covered by Medicare. 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.

The latest 2-year study has shown that Venaseal is just as effective ClosureFast in treating varicose vein disease. 

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 potential disadvantages to the Venaseal system:

1.  there is not as much long-term experience using this system.  It has only been available for commercial use in the U.S. for about three years.  However all studies indicate it is as effective as Closurefast (RF ablation). 

2.  at present, the system is only covered Medicare, and not private medical insurance or Medicaid. Therefore, for non-Medicare patients, this is a self-pay procedure.  

3.  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. In rare cases, allergic reactions to the glue can occur.

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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Here are the differences between Venaseal and ClosureFast:

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