There’s a new minimally invasive treatment option for varicose veins at the Office of Dr. Corwin A. Thomas in Lafayette, Louisiana – introducing the VenaSeal™ closure system. Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue it could signal a more serious issue called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which is a serious
Healthy leg veins keep blood flowing to the heart. Varicose veins start to develop when the veins stop working properly and allow blood to flow backward causing the blood to pool in the lower leg. Left untreated, the condition worsens over time and may cause lower extremity edema, pain or discomfort and non-healing ulcers and sores.
The traditional way of treating these incompetent veins involves using RFA ablation (radio-frequency ablation), which is based on delivering heat to the vein to close it. Heat delivered to the vein can also be transmitted to the nearby structures, like skin and nerves. This can cause nerve damage, skin burns, or
significant inflammation. Some patients are not appropriate for RFA – so this procedure is a welcome option.
During the procedure a catheter is used, which is guided by an ultrasound as the device delivered a small amount of medical adhesive or glue to the diseased vein. The VenaSeal adhesive then seals the vein and blood is rerouted through nearby healthy veins. There is no incision or heat used during the procedure.
Cardiologists are able to perform the procedure in their clinic, and the patient is able to return to normal activities rather quickly, making this a great option for patients.
Factors that may increase risk include:
- Family history
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Prolonged Standing
- Obesity or excess weight
- Current or previous pregnancies
Patients who would like to find out if they are a candidate for the VenaSeal procedure should contact our office at (337) 234-3163.
We have been providing cardiology services in the Lafayette area since 2001.
Our physician, Dr. Corwin A. Thomas, DO, FACC is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology and Nuclear Medicine.