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Glue May Help Vein Removal

New research suggests that fast-setting glue may be effective in varicose vein removal. To be effective, glue called VenaSeal is directly injected into the malfunctioning vein. VenaSeal is non-toxic and so far trials have been successful.  The glue is then infused into the affected vein using a catheter which is guided by ultrasound.  This creates a reaction whereby blood flow is rerouted to healthier veins so that the damaged veins wither and become less visible.

Studies on this method have resulted in 100% success. Another study that includes 120 patients throughout Europe is currently underway and is being headed by specialists from London. Professor Alun Davies and Ian Franklin both from the London’s Charing Cross Hospital have stated that they have treated patients with this varicose removal method and had only one complication for inflammation of skin so far. However, they believe that it is still too early to tell the effect on a longer period and thus the method still needs further observation.

Researchers found that one out of 3 individuals would have swollen veins on their legs by the time they reach the age of 65. In most cases, this does not pose any medical problem and the worst scenario is having leg ulcers. Many have varicose vein removal mainly for cosmetic reasons especially the women.

The usual treatment for varicose vein removal is a surgical procedure that involves cutting and pulling out the vein. This procedure is called stripping the vein.  What results would be blemishes and some take months to recover from the surgery. Other vein removal methods are radiofrequency and laser therapy. Both methods make use of heat to sort of melt the vein and thus making them disappear.

The VenaSeal vein removal method was developed by Dr. Rodney Raabe.  He says that this procedure is a better one because no anesthesia is needed.  At a medical conference in Slovenia, the results of a study on 38 people showed very positive results.  After 6 months, a follow up was made and only two had veins that opened up and another two had skin reactions.

Dr. Ian Loftus who is a consultant vascular surgeon at St. George’s Hospital in South London is not so enthusiastic about the glue vein removal method. He said that laser and radiofrequency procedures are options that have been time tested and have had positive results too. Dr. Loftus said that the glue method of varicose vein removal is still at a very early stage and to claim that it is a “miracle cure” is an overstatement. The new method still needs more tests to confirm that it is indeed what it says it is. Dr. Loftus’ preferred vein removal method is radiofrequency.

The VenaSeal glue method of varicose vein removal may have effective results on tests conducted but a longer time to observe its effects should be made. The results of the current study on the 120 patients are worth looking into before using this method of vein removal.

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