New Devices for Varicose Veins
This article was originally published in Start Up
There's nothing even remotely sexy about varicose veins. Yet medical device companies and their investors are starting to view the opportunity for treating these bulging blue leg veins as downright alluring. The recent introduction of minimally invasive technologies, combined with shifting demographics and favorable reimbursements, are fueling talk of blockbuster potential for this hybrid clinical/cosmetic market.
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VeinRx's balloon-controlled venous ablation technology is designed to address both the medical and cosmetic varicose vein markets. It is a single-use, catheter-based product for delivering a sclerosant to the diseased vein. The balloon prevents the chemical from migrating out of the treatment zone. Physicians thus have greater control over both the dosage and the treatment area. There's also a potential safety benefit since the sclerosing agent cannot disperse into the general circulation.
Vascular Insights isn't saying much yet about its minimally invasive technology for varicose veins, other than it is designed to trigger spasms in the endothelium of the diseased vein in conjunction with the delivery of a sclerosant, a chemical irritant that will further disrupt the vessel wall. This one-two punch will cause veins to stenose very rapidly without risk to surrounding tissues, the company claims, enabling a fast, pain-free procedure in an outpatient setting