Is Microphlebectomy Right for You?
Microphlebectomy, also known as ambulatory phlebectomy, is a procedure that uses a tiny, specialized, hook-like instrument to remove large, unattractive and uncomfortable bulging varicose veins through very small incisions in the skin.
Why Remove Varicose Veins?
It’s important to know the appearance of bulging varicose veins on the legs is not just a cosmetic problem. They are a sign of a more serious medical condition called venous insufficiency. When veins deep in the legs are diseased, they may have trouble returning blood to the heart resulting in extra blood pooling in the legs. This additional blood can cause veins just below the skin to swell, stretch, twist, and bulge. These bulging veins are referred to as varicose veins. In other words, varicose veins are swollen, non-functional veins simply acting as a blood reservoir in the legs.
Varicose veins are often unsightly but, more importantly, they can cause skin discoloration and uncomfortable symptoms such as achiness, heaviness, itching, swelling, pain and cramps in the legs. If left untreated, varicose veins can cause more serious problems like thrombophlebitis (blood clot with inflammation of the veins), skins ulcers (open sores), or deep vein thrombosis (blood clots). After a phlebectomy, the blood that was pooling in the diseased varicose veins is naturally rerouted to healthy veins, improving venous blood flow back to the heart.
Who is a Candidate for Phlebectomy?
A phlebectomy might be indicated for patients with varicose veins near the skin surface, veins that are too large and veins that have proven to be resistant to sclerotherapy. It may also be indicated for patients with residual varicose veins or recurrent varicose veins after previously undergoing treatment. Microphlebectomy can also be done alongside or after vein ablation to maximize treatment results.
Microphlebectomy is an outpatient office-based procedure that usually takes between a half hour and one hour and a half, depending on how many veins need to be removed. First, the veins will be marked while you’re standing upright since varicose veins aren’t as obvious when you’re lying down. Next, the doctor will carefully numb the area so that you don’t feel any discomfort during the actual vein removal. Then, small 1-3 millimeter incisions are made next to the veins. After that, a small, specialized instrument that resembles a crochet hook is used to remove the damaged veins. Last, steri-strips (small band-aids) are applied to help the incisions heal and the leg is bandaged.
Recovery and after-care for microphlebectomy is quick and easy. Unlike traditional vein stripping, it doesn’t require a hospital stay and there’s generally no downtime. In fact, you’re actually encouraged to resume your regular activities immediately.
There are no stitches involved so you don’t have to worry about having them removed. There is little to no scarring so that once you’re fully recovered there’s typically no evidence of the procedure. Once the diseased veins are completely removed, you’re left with healthy-appearing legs free of bulging veins and all the associated symptoms are eliminated immediately.
Your doctor may recommend that you wear compression stockings for a few days following the procedure to help minimize these effects even further and speed up your recovery.
Benefits of Microphlebectomy
- Minimally invasive
- Office-based treatment
- No hospital stays
- No surgery
- No stitches
- No general anesthesia
- No downtime- You walk out of the office and resume your normal activities immediately
- Can be done alongside other vein treatments like sclerotherapy or vein ablation
- 90% long term success rate
- Unsightly and uncomfortable veins are removed instantaneously, restoring healthy blood flow
Risks of Microphlebectomy
While microphlebectomy patients can expect some temporary bruising and small bumps, the negative effects of the procedure are minimal and resolve on their own in short order. On rare occasion, some patients may experience slight damage to tiny superficial sensory nerves near the treatment site causing skin numbness that usually affects a small area and heals over time.
Your United Vein Centers doctor will discuss any additional risks that stem from your individual health with you while you’re deciding on a treatment plan and again before your treatment
Why Choose United Vein Centers?
United Vein Centers are IAC-accredited vein treatment centers. The staff and doctors at United Vein Centers are specially trained in minimally invasive, office-based vein treatments. Each physician in every UVC practice is a board-certified vein care specialist who is well-qualified to treat vein conditions that cause spider veins and varicose veins. Our commitment to patient care has been demonstrated throughout every interaction, with thousands of patients satisfied with the care they’ve received. We use state-of-the-art, minimally invasive techniques to provide our patients with positive outcomes.
Your UVC doctor will work with you to find the best treatment option for your condition and your lifestyle. Our goal is always to treat vein disease in a way that resolves the problem using the least invasive method possible. With clinics across the United States, it’s likely that there’s a UVC doctor ready to make your life better through vein treatment.
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