Dr. Christopher Allen was the first physician in Missouri to use the VenaSeal to treat venous insufficiency.
is a condition in which veins do not sufficiently return blood from the legs up to the heart. The condition can cause pain, aching, heaviness, cramping, swelling, itchiness or tingling in the legs. It also can lead to varicose veins.
For patients with the most severe symptoms, treatment options have included radiofrequency and laser ablation. Medtronic’s VenaSeal
became the newest treatment option in the United States starting in November 2015. VenaSeal is a more comfortable option for patients, requiring only a Band-Aid and no down time when completed. It also eliminates the need for sedation, multiple needle sticks and compression hose.
Like radiofrequency and laser treatments, VenaSeal closes off the veins in which the valves are not working properly. These treatments force blood to return to the heart through healthy veins. The difference in the treatments is that VenaSeal uses a medical adhesive to close the vein.
Currently, VenaSeal is not covered by insurance and is only available to patients as a self-pay. Other treatments, such as radiofrequency ablation, may be covered by insurance.