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Many options exist for correcting painful varicose veins, but some are not as effective if the problematic veins are particularly large. A microphlebectomy, however, is an excellent procedure for eliminating these dark, unsightly bulges.
A doctor performs a microphlebectomy on an outpatient basis, and it usually takes under an hour. The process involves mapping the problematic veins through ultrasound imaging, numbing the surrounding tissue, and making small vertical incisions from which sections of the problem vein may be removed. Because these incisions are so small, stitches are not necessary and bleeding is very limited. Any scarring from these cuts is barley visible once healing is completed.
Once the microphlebectomy has been performed, the surgical area is covered with a sterile dressing and compression stockings are applied.
These are used for up to two weeks to apply continued support to the area, resulting in less bruising. Because the procedure is less-invasive than traditional varicose vein surgery, most patients can resume their daily activities the day after a microphlebectomy has been performed. A microphlebectomy may be covered by medical insurance if the procedure is deemed medically necessary. Most of these procedures are performed by a certified specialist or phlebotomist, and you can schedule a consultation with this provider before the surgery.
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About Center for Vein Disease Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Dr. Elias’s practice encompasses the management of all aspects of vein disease. As the Director of the Centers for Vein Disease at Mount Sinai Hospital, NY and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, NJ, he is able to offer services in an urban and suburban location. Most services are same day outpatient procedures. A few require an overnight stay. (These are mainly for those patients with blood clots that need treatment for leg or life threatening complications). Otherwise, no matter what procedure is recommended by Dr. Elias they require about 20-30 minutes of time. Most involve local anesthesia only and the majority do not need any incisions, only a few needle sticks. All patients can walk the day of procedure and most return to normal activity including exercise in a few days.
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