Vein Clinic Offers New Procedure
The Vein Care Clinic at Allegan General Hospital (AGH) is now able to treat patients with venous reflux disease using the VenaSeal™ closure system.
“The VenaSeal™ is a minimally invasive procedure that treats venous reflux disease using an advanced medical adhesive or glue to close the diseased vein in patients with symptomatic venous reflux disease,” says Christine Greer, R.N., B.S.N., AGH Vein Care Clinic coordinator.
What Is Venous Reflux Disease?
Venous reflux disease affects more than 30 million Americans. It occurs when valves in the veins of the lower leg no longer function properly. This allows blood to flow backward, or reflux, resulting in enlarged or varicose veins as well as other symptoms.
“Varicose veins may be a sign of a more serious condition known as chronic venous insufficiency, which in severe cases can result in lifestyle-limiting lower leg pain, swelling, skin damage, and ulcerations,” says Greer. “VenaSeal™ is a new and innovative treatment option that improves blood flow by closing the diseased vein.”
The benefits of this procedure include: patients are able to return to normal activity immediately; post-procedure compressions are worn for a shorter period of time; and unlike other heat-based treatments, it does not require tumescent anesthesia (multiple injections of a dilute local anesthetic). In most cases, patients can drive home from the procedure themselves.
For more about this procedure or the Vein Care Clinic, call (269) 686-4058.