Could a new ‘medical super glue’ be the answer to the treatment of varicose veins?

24th June 2016 by Daryll Baker

The summer is here, and so too are the bare legs. Though if you suffer from varicose veins, you might be inclined to stick to wearing trousers instead of reaching for the shorts. Unless you have the varicose veins treated in time for the summer. And if you did decide to get this vascular condition treated, you certainly wouldn’t be alone.

According to a report titled ‘Varicose Vein Treatment Market in North America and Europe by Treatment Mode (Endovenous Ablation, Sclerotherapy, Stripping), Product (Laser & RF Ablation, Venous Closure, Surgical) – Forecasts to 2021’, the varicose vein treatment market in Europe and North America will be worth a staggering $289.7 million by 2021.

One innovative method that is being hailed has a new effective treatment for varicose veins, is the less so innovatively named ‘medical super glue’.

This new treatment, VenaSeal, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2015. According to reports, the super glue can seal the veins shut from the inside-out. It uses a medical adhesive which is inserted into the affected vein through a catheter, which then seals the vein shut.

Dr. Joseph Magnant, a vascular surgeon and vein specialist, who is currently the only surgeon offering the treatment in Southwest Florida, explains how VenaSeal works,

“What that adhesive does is it bonds or reacts with the blood and forms a solid core, basically sealing the vein, but without using heat.”

A comprehensive study into the effectiveness of VenaSeal showed that the new treatment is an effective as an earlier, similar type of treatment for varicose veins known as ClosureFast. ClosureFast worked by sealing the vein from the inside but used a heated catheter to seal the vein shut.

Though according to Dr. Magnant, the primary difference between the two treatments is that VenaSeal is potentially a less painful type of treatment due to the fact this method only requires a single point of entry. As the vein specialist explains:

“With the thermal, you need to put water around the vein to protect the patient from the catheter. The catheter heats up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, and unless you have a column of liquid around the patient’s leg, they’re going to feel like they’re burning.”

“With VenaSeal, there’s no heat; there’s no need for the extra six sticks, or the pressure from the fluid, or the potential for feeling some heat,” Dr. Magnant continued.

The VenaSeal treatment currently costs between $4,000 and $4,500.

If you are in the UK and suffer from varicose veins and would like to discuss the condition and different treatment possibilities, get in touch with Daryll Baker at The Vascular Consultancy in London. Daryll Baker is one of the UK’s leading specialists in varicose veins, providing advice, diagnosis, and treatment options, so patients can make an informed decision on which is the best treatment for varicose veins for them.


Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.


Wellington Hospital
34 Circus Road

020 7722 7370

Copyright 2016 The Vascular Consultancy