Varicose veins are a common problem affecting approximately 30% of the population. They can be both unsightly and painful, and treatments include Laser Ablation, Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy, and Vein Glueing.

What are Varicose Veins?

A medical condition, varicose veins occur when superficial (just under the skin) veins in the legs don’t work properly. The valves in veins that prevent blood from flowing backwards through the veins fail and the veins fill up with blood. This causes them to stretch, resulting in blood pooling in the veins of the lower legs. As a result of this, you may experience leg

  • Aching
  • Heaviness
  • Cramping
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Ulcers

While small varicose veins are simply unsightly, larger varicose veins can cause serious damage to the lower legs and they need to be treated.

Spider veins are the smallest type of varicose veins. They occur most commonly on the inner surface of the knees and the outer thighs and are mostly of cosmetic concern for women.

What is VenaBlock Glue?

Vein glueing is a recent innovation in the treatment of varicose veins. It involves the use of medical-grade glue called VenaBlock Glue. This medical adhesive (cyanoacrylate) is used to seal and shut down the main defective vein in the leg.

In the majority of cases, the Main (or Great) Saphenous Vein is the cause of varicose veins. It is a superficial vein that runs the entire length of the leg and is the longest vein in the human body. When it has been glued shut with VenaBlock glue, it undergoes a hardening process called sclerosis. The body will gradually absorb the vein.

How Does Vein Glueing Work?

A small catheter is placed into the damaged vein, and via this, a tiny amount of VenaBlock medical glue is introduced to the vein. The vein will be closed by the glue, and the other healthy veins in the leg will effectively and permanently re-route the blood flow. Only local anaesthesia is required for this procedure. There is no risk of nerve damage or skin burning, no need for pain medication after the procedure, and no need to wear compression stockings.

Things to Know about Vein Gluing

  • Vein Glueing is a minimally-invasive procedure. You will not be hospitalised for it and you can walk out after and resume your daily activities.
  • You will undergo a pre-procedure ultrasound so the doctor can properly assess the defective vein and plan the procedure.
  • You will be given a local anaesthetic needle in the location of the catheter insertion. With catheter placement, you’ll feel pressure but no pain. During the glue placement in the vein, you may experience a tugging or pulling sensation, and ultrasound will be used throughout the procedure to guide the catheter.
  • After the procedure, the catheter will be removed and the puncture site will be covered with a dressing.
  • The entire procedure will take approximately thirty minutes.
  • Vein gluing with VenaBlock glue is available on the Medicare Benefits Scheme.

Choose Crows Nest Cosmetic and Vein Clinic

Varicose and spider veins are most commonly caused by genetics, while oestrogen, poor diet, sun exposure, and limited exercise also contribute to their development. You don’t, however, need to live with them.

Crows Nest Cosmetic and Vein Clinic offers advanced treatments for varicose veins and spider veins. We provide the highest standard of professional service and care possible, from highly experienced medical and health professionals.

Dr Nicole James has extensive world-class experience in vein treatment and is proud to now offer his clients the vein glueing procedure. Contact us online or call our clinic today to book a consultation with the best vein treatment experts in NSW to determine whether vein gluing is right for you.