Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat some types of varicose veins. It is commonly recommended for veins that are too large to address with sclerotherapy and too small for EVLT. Microphlebectomy involves the removal of affected veins from the leg, allowing blood to be rerouted to healthy veins nearby.
How does Microphlebectomy Work?
Dr. Lawrence performs microphlebectomy as an office based procedure using local anesthetic. Tiny punctures are made on the surface of the skin, down the length of the vein to be treated. A small tool is inserted into the punctures, which gently grasps the diseased vein so it can be removed from the leg in small sections.
The procedure usually takes less than one-half hour to complete, depending on the number of veins to be removed. Once the veins are completely removed, bandages are placed over the puncture marks. The incisions are so small, no stitches are required and there is no scarring afterward.
What to Expect after Treatment
Patients may drive themselves home immediately following microphlebectomy treatment. However, it is recommended that the treated leg remain elevated as much as possible for the first 24 hours. Compression stockings may also be worn to promote healthy blood flow and aid the healing process.
Mild bruising may occur around the incision sites. Any discomfort should be minimal and easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients return to regular activities the next day, although strenuous exercise is discouraged for 2-3 weeks. Results of microphlebectomy are seen right away. If the patient was experiencing any symptoms with the varicose veins, those symptoms should also disappear as soon as the procedure is completed.
Microphlebectomy continues to be one of the top choices in varicose vein treatment by both physicians and patients today. For more information about this procedure, or to learn more about your options in varicose vein treatment, contact our staff at the PCI Vein Institute.