There has been quite a lot of talk about glue. Currently it is the new treatment that is available in the market for the treatment of varicose veins.
Some important points about glue:
- Glue as medical treatment has been around from the 1960s. It was initially used for the closure of skin wounds and since then has been used for other treatments including GI bleeding and aneurysms amongst other things.
- From 2012 it has been used here in Australia for varicose veins by use through a device to place the glue in the vein
- The success rate for closure is around 90 to 95% at 3 years
- If you have multiple allergies to products and specifically to glue, then you are not a candidate immediately.
My view about glue is that is a very good treatment option for varicose veins but for selective patients. The fact we have glue that can treat veins that were previously more difficult to reach and get to is a great opportunity.