The most recent innovation in the treatment of varicose veins is the use of medical glue to physically shut down and seal the main defective vein.
You may be given a local anesthetic. The glue is administered through a needle inserted into a vein and passes through a fine catheter into the main vein. Glue is then injected as the catheter is slowly withdrawn. Pressure must be applied to ensure the walls of the veins are glued firmly. You may require an ultrasound as guidance.
Once complete, a bandage may be used to cover the access site.
You can get up and move about normally and normal activities may be resumed. You may feel a slight discomfort in the treated area.
Compression stockings are not necessary. Exercise regime may be resume.
Results depend on the degree and extent of your condition. Some patients have reported the immediate relief of symptoms and an improvement of appearance following the procedure.
The following symptoms are expected:
• Mild to moderate pain persists for 1-2 weeks along the glued vein. Post discomfort should be managed with a combination of light walking and rest (with leg elevation), anti-inflammatory medication such as Nurofen or Voltaren.
• Phlebitis or inflammation may occur along the inner thigh in line with the treated vein.
• Paraesthesia (skin numbness) – has been reported in some studies.