BATON ROUGE— On Tuesday, January 19, Drs. Satish Gadi and Deepak Thekkoott, cardiologists at Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Baton Rouge and Zachary, were the first to use new VenaSeal technology in the East Baton Rouge area to treat venous disease. This was also the second case in Louisiana, and to date, these cardiologists have the most experience with this procedure in the state.
The VenaSeal™ closure system is a cyanoacrylate-based medical adhesive (viscous, polymerizes quickly, and soft/elastic with a strong bond) for the closure of greater and lesser saphenous veins in the legs. This is the only non-tumescent, non-thermal, and non-sclerosant procedure where adhesive is delivered endovenously to close the vein. This unique approach eliminates the risk of nerve injury when treating the small saphenous vein. The procedure is administered without the use of tumescent anesthesia, meaning only one needle stick is needed to numb the area, thus avoiding patient discomfort associated with multiple needle sticks. It also eliminates the need for post-procedure compression stockings, and post-procedure pain and bruising. The patient can return to normal activities rapidly.
"This is an almost painless way to treat varicose veins and thus very unique in that sense, since traditional treatments involve potentially painful local anesthesia," explained Dr. Gadi, interventional cardiologist at CIS in Baton Rouge.
VenaSeal procedure is done under ultrasound guidance and the patient is draped in the usual sterile fashion just like the radiofrequency ablation procedure also performed at CIS, except non-thermal and non-tumescent. There is one access needle stick site in the lower leg. Once access is achieved, the introducer/dilator and catheter is advanced toward the sapheno-femoral junction, compression is applied to the area, and the physician injects the VenaSeal directly into the vein. There is enough of the product in one kit to ‘seal’ both greater saphenous veins in one session if desired.
Overall, the VenaSeal™ closure system reduces discomfort and recovery time for patients, and is designed to allow patients rapid return to normal activities.
“CIS is proud to offer VenaSeal, as it is the very best and most advanced percutaneous and non-surgical treatment for varicose veins,” said Dr. Thekkoott, interventional cardiologist at CIS in Zachary.
To learn more about the vein treatments at CIS, call our Baton Rouge office at 225-308-0247 or our Zachary office at 225-654-1559.