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First in Missouri to Offer New Treatment for Venous Insufficiency

Media Contact Joe Poelker
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Release Date: 03/22/2016 By St. Anthony's Medical Center

Dr. Christopher Allen was the first physician in Missouri to use the VenaSeal to treat venous insufficiency.

Dr. Christopher Allen was the first physician in Missouri to use the VenaSeal to treat venous insufficiency.
St. Anthony’s is the first provider in Missouri and the St. Louis metro area to treat a patient’s chronic venous insufficiency with the VenaSeal closure system. Christopher Allen, M.D., performed the first procedure on Jan. 4 at the St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates Vein Services office.
 
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.
 
St. Anthony’s Heart Specialty Associates Vein Services is the only vein center in Missouri and the St. Louis metro area to be accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).