Medical SuperGlue (Cyanoacrylate glue or Venaseal) occlusion of veins has been getting a bit of press this year. It is a fairly new procedure to be offered in Australia and claims to be the fastest method of vein closure. Another advantage is that two legs can be treated at the same time; there is no need for anaesthetic and no need to wear compression stockings post-treatment. However the procedure isn't suitable for all veins, there is a relatively high rate of inflammation post treatment and it has an expensive price tag with no Medicare rebate. 

The UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has stated that "there us not much evidence about how well cyanoacrylate glue occlusion for varicose veins works or how safe it is." NICE also warms that, due to little published evidence about the procedure there may yet be unforeseen rare or uncommon risks. 

The Leg Vein Doctor awaits more medium and long term trial data before we can safely advocate its use at our vein institute. 

AuthorNicholas Kemp