How Does Microphlebectomy Work?

Updated on: August 18, 2014

Microphlebectomy is a treatment that has helped many patients in Santa Rosa, California and other areas of the country find relief from varicose veins. These veins appear bulging from the skin and are usually bluish or purplish in color. They may cause pain and heaviness in the legs, and treatment for the veins is important to a lot of sufferers. Microphlebectomy utilizes tiny incisions made over the problem veins, through which the veins may be removed using vein hooks. It is often used for veins too large for sclerotherapy and too small for other procedures like laser treatments. The procedure is minimally-invasive and has a light recovery period afterwards, making it a convenient option for those with this venous condition.

When the sections of the veins are removed, they clot so that blood can no longer flow through them and symptoms subside. A local anesthetic may be administered prior to the procedure to reduce discomfort throughout the treatment process. Some choose to utilize this procedure in combination with sclerotherapy when treating deeper veins. Most are considered candidates for this procedure, although it is recommended that patients seek consultation with a Santa Rosa vein specialist prior to treatment to ensure they are a good candidate.

The physician will first mark the veins that are being treated using a surgical marker. He or she will mark the areas where the incisions are to be made. The local anesthetic is then applied, and the tiny incisions are made once the treatment area is numb. The vein hooks are used to grab the vein for removal. A dressing is applied to the treatment area, and most are allowed to return to their normal activities right away. Most procedures take about 30 to 45 minutes, although this varies. Patients may wear compression stockings for about a week after the treatment. The specialist may recommend staying away from strenuous activities for about a week.

Results are evident shortly after the procedure is completed, and improve as the bruising goes away. There is virtually no scarring associated with microphlebectomy, although patients should discuss side effects with a Santa Rosa vein specialist. Bruising and discomfort is not uncommon for a couple of days after the treatment, and some experience injury to the tiny nerves under the skin where the vein is removed. Most nerves heal with time, however. Patients will discuss this procedure in greater detail to help them determine if it is right for them. 

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