Medical Glue
for Varicose Vein Treatment:

A Safe
Minimally Invasive Option

Cyanoacrylate medical glue for varicose veins

Medical Glue is the newest innovation in the treatment of a varicose veins.

Medical adhesives are medical-grade glues used as sealants to close the main saphenous vein (the great saphenous vein) , or a smaller varicose vein.

Once it is closed, it is subject to hardening and eventually it is absorbed into the body. This procedure treats varicose veins and is minimal invasive, with suitable long term results.

How does Medical Glue work?

Glue treatment, also known as venous closure or venous glue closure, is a minimally invasive procedure used in treating varicose veins as one of the varicose vein treatment options. It involves the use of a ultrasound guided medical adhesive, which is injected into the diseased vein to seal it shut.

During the procedure, a tiny catheter is inserted into the damaged bulging veins through a small incision in the skin. It feels like a needle prick. The fine catheter is then guided through the vessel using ultrasound imaging, until it reaches the site of the damaged valve. Once the catheter is in place, the medical adhesive is injected through the catheter and into the vessel.

The adhesive rapidly seals the vein walls of the varicose vein to stick together, sealing it shut while applying pressure on the abnormal vein. Blood flow is then redirected to healthy veins nearby, relieving the symptoms of varicose veins.

The adhesive used in glue treatment is made from a synthetic polymer that has been used in medical applications for many years. It is safe and effective on the vein wall of the affected veins. The vein treatment procedure is minimally invasive, and can be performed on an outpatient basis with minimal discomfort and downtime.

Overall, glue treatment is a safe and effective option for treating varicose veins and twisted veins, and has a high success rate in reducing symptoms such as pain, swelling, and skin discoloration. However, as with any medical procedure, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine whether varicose vein treatment or glue treatment is appropriate for your specific needs.

ultrasound check after applying medical glue in the vein

How long does a Medical Glue procedure take?

The length of time for a glue treatment can vary depending on the severity of the varicose veins, if the saphenous vein is involved and the number of being treated. In general, the procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

What can be treated?

Glue treatment is primarily used in treating varicose veins, which are enlarged, twisted abnormal veins that usually appear in the legs. Varicose veins are caused by a malfunctioning valve in the vein that prevents blood from flowing properly, causing blood to pool in the.

Glue treatment can be used to treat both small varicose vein and large varicose veins.

Glue treatment is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional vein surgical stripping, and can be an effective option for many patients with vein disorders. It is an outpatient procedure that does not need local anaesthetic.

How effective is the Medical Glue?

Glue treatment is generally considered to be a highly effective and safe treatment option for faulty veins and other venous disorders among all the vein treatments options. The procedure has a high success rate, with studies reporting success rates ranging from 85% to 98%.

One of the advantages of glue treatment is that it is minimally invasive, meaning it does not require major surgery, nor local anaesthetic. It can be performed on an outpatient basis in the comfort of your vein clinic. This can reduce the risk of complications, as well as the amount of time required for recovery.

In addition, glue treatment has been shown to have a low rate of complications. While all medical procedures carry some risk of complications such as pulmonary embolism, the risks associated with glue treatment are generally considered to be low.

How long does it take to recover from Medical Glue?

The recovery time after medical glue treatment is typically very short compared to traditional vein surgery. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities on the same day or within a day or two after the procedure.

After the procedure, patients may experience some minor bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the treated area. The doctor may recommend taking over-the-counter pain medication and wearing compression stockings for a few days to help with the healing process.

Patients should avoid strenuous activities such as heavy lifting, exercise, or prolonged standing for a few days after the procedure to allow the treated veins to heal while wearing their compression stockings. However, patients are typically able to resume their normal activities, including work and light exercise, within a day or two after the procedure.

It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions for aftercare, including avoiding hot baths or saunas for a few days after the procedure, and keeping the treated area clean and dry. In addition, patients should attend all follow-up appointments with their doctor to ensure that the treatment was successful and to monitor any potential complications.

Overall, the recovery time after glue treatment is typically very short, and most patients are able to return to normal and resume their normal activities within a few days after the procedure.

Is the Medical Glue procedure painful?

During the procedure, patients may feel some pressure or a pulling sensation as the catheter is inserted into the vein under ultrasound guidance to the site of the affected vein. However, the procedure itself presents minimal discomfort.

After the procedure, patients may experience some mild discomfort or bruising in the affected vein. The doctor may recommend taking over-the-counter pain medication to help with any discomfort.

What happens to the treated vein?

It is advisable that the vein be closed during treatment. These veins are absorbed in a human body with time. As people have thousands of veins, it is natural that their arteries diseased vein will be moved into another.

Why is it important to treat varicose veins?

It is important to treat varicose veins because they can cause a number of uncomfortable and potentially serious complications. Those abnormal veins are often a part of a chronic disease called chronic venous insufficiency. Some of the most common reasons to treat varicose veins include:

  1. Pain and discomfort:

    Varicose veins can cause pain, aching, and discomfort in the legs, especially after prolonged standing or sitting.

  2. Swelling:

    Varicose veins can cause swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet.

  3. Skin changes:

    Varicose veins can cause changes in the skin, such as discoloration, dryness, itching, and thinning.

  4. Ulcers:

    In severe cases, varicose veins can lead to the formation of open sores or ulcers on the legs.

  5. Blood clots:

    Varicose veins can increase the risk of blood clots, which can be dangerous if they travel to the lungs or other parts of the body.

  6. Cosmetic concerns:

    Varicose veins can be unsightly and may cause self-consciousness or embarrassment.

Treatment for varicose veins can help to alleviate these symptoms of tired legs and reduce the risk of complications.

There are a variety of treatment options available, including minimally invasive procedures such as ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation, that can effectively treat varicose veins with minimal downtime and discomfort.

The initial success rate of Glue treatment is equivalent of endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation. All those treatment options use small skin incisions. All of them are done under duplex ultrasound. and use small catheter to get to the area of interest. Although the endovenous ablation technique requires the use of local anaesthetic. All of them offer a quick return to normal activity while the veins are gradually absorbed. It is important to consult with a doctor to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs.


when to see a doctor for varicose veins

What are the complications from a Medical Glue?

Complications and possible adverse side effects from glue treatment are rare, but they can occur. Some of the potential complications may include:

  1. Inflammation:

    Inflammation or swelling in the treated vein or surrounding tissue can occur after the procedure. This is called phlebitis. This is usually mild and resolves on its own within a few days.

  2. Nerve damage:

    There is a very small risk of nerve injury during glue treatment, which can cause numbness or tingling in the treated area.

  3. Infection:

    There is a small risk of infection at the site where the catheter was inserted. Patients should monitor the treated area for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge.

  4. Skin burns:

    In rare cases, the heat generated during the procedure can cause skin burns.

  5. Allergic reaction:

    Some patients may have an allergic reaction to the adhesive used in the glue. This is rare, but can cause itching, rash, or hives.

  6. Deep vein thrombosis:

    While very rare, there is a small risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) developing after glue treatment. DVT is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein, usually in the leg, and can be potentially life-threatening by creating in extremely rare cases a pulmonary embolus.

What are some of the side effects following Medical Glue Treatment?

Like any medical procedure, glue treatment may have potential side effects. However, the risks associated with glue treatment are generally considered to be very low. Some possible side effects of glue treatment may include:

  1. Mild pain or discomfort:

    Some patients may experience mild pain or discomfort in the treated area after the procedure. This usually resolves within a few days.

  2. Bruising:

    Bruising may occur at the site where the catheter was inserted. This is usually mild and resolves on its own within a few days.

  3. Skin irritation:

    Some patients may experience mild skin irritation or redness in the treated area.

  4. Blood clots:

    While very rare, there is a small risk of blood clots developing after vein glue treatment. It is important to report any symptoms of blood clots, such as swelling, pain, or warmth in the treated area, to your healthcare provider immediately.

  5. Allergic reactions:

    Some patients may be allergic to the adhesive used in the vein glue. This is rare, but can cause itching, rash, or hives.

It is important to discuss any concerns or questions about potential side effects with your healthcare provider before the procedure. Your doctor can provide more information about the risks and benefits of vein glue treatment and help you make an informed decision about your treatment options.

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