HOUSTON – The FDA recently approved a unique method where a needle is injected inside the vein and a glue gun squirts an adhesive in several spots.
It takes minutes and Dr. Srinivas Rao from Texas Vein and Wellness said he can get rid of unsightly veins.
"We have about a 90% closure of these veins with this glue," Rao said.
One the adhesive is injected into the vein, the doctor then applies pressure for three minutes at the first injection and just seconds for each point after that.
"It's very adhesive and it will close the vein instantly," Rao said.
AJ Jamshedji said he's on his feet all day and wants to get rid of the aching caused by his veins.
"Just a slight prick in the beginning but you don't feel nothing now," he said during the procedure.
Rao said enlarged veins are actually signs of vein disease, and can be serious conditions that could lead to blood clots.
"That's one of the biggest misconceptions about vein disease is it is a real medical problem, your legs should not ache and cramp and feel heavy and feel tired or have restless leg. Those are not normal symptoms. Those are potential signs of underlying vein disease," Rao said.
He said this new procedure will fix it.
"I think this is going to revolutionize how we treat vein disease," Rao said.
AJ walked right out of the procedure room, and said he already feels a difference.
"I'm always on my feet checking on my guests and employees so it's really important that my legs are comfortable and not in pain because I'm on my feet at least 14 hours a day," he said. "I'm actually going back to work right now."
The evaluation to test for vein disease is covered by insurance but the doctor said this gluing procedure is not and costs about $3,000 to $5,000 out of pocket.