Microphlebectomy is a surgical procedure that is used to remove large varicose veins that appear on the surface of the leg just under the skin. It should not be confused with surgical vein stripping because it is completely different from that treatment. Microphlebectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure that has a quick recovery time. Most patients can go back to their work or other regular daily activities immediately after the treatment.
Our specialist may recommend microphlebectomy if the varicose veins are too large for other minimally-invasive techniques, such as sclerotherapy, to be effective. During a consultation with our expert, you can learn about the different treatments and which one is recommended for your unique vein problems.
Microphlebectomy may be combined with other treatments to prevent the affected veins from recurring. There is no lab testing required before treatment. However, there may be an ultrasound examination to make sure that the veins deeper in the legs are functioning properly. You can opt for treatment as soon as you see the veins starting to bulge and twist. It is not necessary to wait until they are large, painful and unsightly to seek treatment.
The procedure is performed as an outpatient treatment and, in most cases, takes less than an hour. It requires only a local anesthetic. The leg with the affected vein is washed and prepared for treatment. Our specialist makes a tiny puncture in the vein through which the vein is removed. The blood that flowed through the affected vein naturally reverts to another, healthier veins deeper in the leg. Since only a needle puncture is required, it is much less invasive than surgical vein stripping. The tiny hole does not require stitches and can usually be closed with a bandage.
You may be asked to wear compression stockings after the procedure. Immediately after the treatment, you may be asked to walk for about 20 minutes, but then you can return to your normal activities. However, you should avoid strenuous exercises and other activities while you heal.
Microphlebectomy is a safe procedure with minimal risks. If you have large, unsightly varicose veins just under the surface of the skin, you may benefit from a microphlebectomy procedure to eliminate the pain and cosmetically improve the appearance of your legs. The large bulges disappear and you get relief immediately.
During your consultation at Premier Vein Institute, you can ask questions and learn about the best treatment for your varicose veins. We have offices in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Riverview and Lakeland. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.