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Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy, or TIPP, is a relatively new procedure developed for the permanent removal of varicose veins. The minimally invasive procedure uses light to accurately locate and target problematic veins, and then again to ensure the entire vein has been completely removed.
Prior to the transilluminated powered phlebectomy procedure, your specialist will clearly mark the veins using a special pen and a light anesthetic or sedative will be administered. Transilluminated powered phlebectomy is minimally invasive and uses two small incisions. A special cannula, or hollow tube, with a lighted tip is inserted through the first incision. The cannula helps the specialist visualize the vein to be treated, and also allows administration of a special fluid to loosen the vein and provide additional anesthesia to the treatment area. A second cannula is inserted in the second small incision. This cannula cuts the vein into smaller sections which can then be easily suctioned out of the body through the same incision.
The transilluminated powered phlebectomy procedure does not require stitches, and generally takes about a half hour to perform. Following the procedure, your specialist will provide you with compression stockings which must be worn for one or two weeks after the procedure, to aid in healing. In the days following the procedure, you may have some slight swelling, bruising or discoloration which will resolve in a few days.
Patients are encouraged to resume most regular activities immediately following the transilluminated powered phlebectomy procedure to help with circulation and healing. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise may be avoided for two weeks following the procedure.
About Med-Pol S.C.
Dr Pawlowski is the Medical Director and owner of Medpol Vein Center, specializing in minimally invasive procedures to treat venous disease (varicose and spider veins), located in Chicago.
For years, Dr. Pawlowski has offered the latest state-of-the-art technology and treatments available for varicose and spider veins. Dr. Pawlowski’s comprehensive, minimally invasive approach includes ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy, as well as endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). No hospitalization or surgery is required.
Education and Training
Dr Pawlowski graduated with honorable mention from Medical School in Poznan, with in 1987. Awarded with Copernicus Medal in 1987.
Dr. Pawlowski completed a three year residency in Internal Medicine at St Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh in 1995. He was awarded by American College of Physicians in 1993 and 1994 for Vignette Presentations.
Since 2007 Dr. Pawlowski's interest in the treatment of vein disorders led him to pursue his passion and desire in serving patients to study with some of the most preeminent leaders in the field of phlebology.
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