Medical glue can stick it to varicose veins


MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Varicose veins can cause health issues and be unsightly. It’s estimated millions live with the condition.

Procedures to get rid of varicose veins have come a long way, from stripping to now sealing with medical glue.

Janette Leitzel says varicose veins make her legs feel heavy and uncomfortable. She turned to Calcagno and Rossi Vein Treatment Center for help.

“When the blood flows back into your legs, it creates venus hypertension which is a condition where your leg and your veins are pressurized,” Dr. John Rossi said. “Large varicose veins can eventually lead to venous ulcers later in life.”

To avoid that fate, Leitzel chose the latest way to get relief.

“It’s called VenaSeal. It’s a glue that can be put inside the vein with a tiny catheter and a local anesthetic to stop the blood from falling backward into the leg,” Rossi said.

The procedure is done in the office and on this visit, Leitzel is getting the treatment on her left leg.

“We treat those patients by eliminating the source of reflux which is basically plugging the abnormal vein,” Rossi said.

After Leitzel’s leg is sterilized, Rossi uses ultrasound to guide a catheter to just the right spot to inject VenaSeal.

“You don’t want the glue to go to the wrong spot. Right up to the deep vein, you want to go an inch or so down from it,” Dr. David Calcagno said.

A bandage covers the injection site, and with no restrictions, Leitzel is on her way, ready for a good night’s rest.

“I’m just looking forward to being able to wear shorts and stuff,” she said.

Leitzel has had the procedure on both legs and says she feels fantastic.

There is a free vein screening on May 7. RSVP at or call 1-855-972-4293.

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