Here is what you need to know about the treatment of venous reflux disease and varicose veins:

The VenaSeal system improves blood flow by sealing–or closing–the diseased vein. Rather than using tradition thermal heat to close the vein, the system delivers a small amount of a specially formulated medical adhesive to the diseased vein. The adhesive seals the vein and blood is rerouted through nearby healthy veins.

By using an adhesive to close the vein rather than heat, the procedure only uses one needle stick of numbing medicine versus multple. Compression stockings are also not required after the VenaSeal procedure. By eliminating heat and compression stockings, patients treated with the VenaSeal system experience less pain and brusing and have a faster recovery time.

The heat closure procedure is a minimally invasive treatment where a thin catheter is inserted into the vein through a small opening. The catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut.

Either procedure takes approximately 45-60 minutes.

The closure procedures can be performed under local, regional or general anesthesia.

Patients may resume normal activities immediately. For a few weeks following the treatment, your doctor may recommend a regular walking regimen and suggest you refrain from very strenuous activities or prolonged periods of standing.

Most patients report noticeable improvement in their symptoms within 1-2 weeks following the procedure.

Patients report minimal to no scarring, bruising or swelling following the procedure.

Data from a prospective multicenter study has shown more than 97 percent vein occlusion one year post treatment.

Over time, the vein will gradually incorporate into surrounding tissue.

Many insurance companies fully or partially cover the heat closure procedure. Most insurance companies determine coverage for all treatments, including the closure procedure, based on medical necessity. Your physician can discuss your insurance coverage further at the time of consultation.

At this time, VenaSeal Closure System is not covered by insurance.