What is microphlebectomy?
Microphlebectomy, also called 'stab phlebectomy,' is an outpatient medical procedure that is used to treat painful, unattractive varicose veins that are located close to the skin's surface. The procedure is ideal for treating veins that are too large to treat with sclerotherapy and too small to safely and successfully treat with laser procedures.
How does microphlebectomy work?
Microphlebectomy uses a series of tiny incisions - each one about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen - to remove portions of the vein which is malfunctioning, causing pain and unsightly bulging. By removing certain sections of the vein, the areas of the vein which are not removed will "clot off," eliminating the bulging, purplish areas for good.
What are the advantages of microphlebectomy over other similar procedures?
Microphlebectomy offers several benefits over other procedures. Generally speaking, microphlebectomy:
- Is minimally invasive and offers immediate results
- Requires only local anesthesia
- May be used in combination with ablation and sclerotherapy for treatment of deeper veins
- Requires little-to-no downtime, allowing most men and women to resume normal activities right after their procedure
Who is a candidate for microphlebectomy?
Any man or woman who has unsightly spider veins or varicose veins which are close to the skin's surface is a potential candidate for the microphlebectomy procedure.
How is the procedure performed?
Your specialist will mark the area to be treated to determine where the tiny openings, or "stabs," should be made. Then the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Once the area of the vein is numbed, your specialist will make a few tiny incisions along the length of the vein to be removed, inserting a tiny hook to "grab" the vein so that it may be removed. Once the procedure is completed, a dressing will be placed on the site. Most procedures take about 30-45 minutes to perform.
What is the recovery like?
Most individuals are able to return to their normal routines immediately following the procedure. Daily walking is recommended, although strenuous activities should be avoided for 5 to 7 days. Compression stockings or dressings are usually worn for a week after microphlebectomy.
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