Local vein specialist Dr. Madaiah Revana, of Northeast Houston Vein Center, is one of the first in Houston to treat patients with venous reflux disease with the VenaSeal closure system, a minimally invasive procedure that uses an advanced medical adhesive to safely and effectively close the diseased vein segment.
Varicose veins, also known as venous reflux disease, affects more than 30 million Americans. It occurs when valves in the veins of the lower leg no longer function properly. This allows blood to flow backward, or reflux, resulting in enlarged or varicose veins as well as other symptoms. If left untreated, the condition can progress and, in severe cases, can become lifestyle-limiting contributing to (but not limited to) lower leg pain, swelling, skin damage and ulcerations.
The VenaSeal procedure is the only procedure to use medical adhesive to close the vein, with high closure rates across three clinical trials. As the patient does not require multiple injections of a dilute local anesthetic (tumescent anesthesia), there is minimal to no bruising and patients are often able to quickly return to normal activities.
For 85-year-old Joan, her venous reflux was causing her legs, ankles and feet to swell up so badly that she couldn’t wear certain shoes or clothing. After having the VenaSeal procedure, she was able to comfortably wear those items again, and her swelling went away completely, according to Revana.