What is Microphlebectomy?

Updated on: August 18, 2014

Varicose veins are a venous condition that affects individuals in the Hamilton Square, New Jersey community as well as in other parts of the country. They may appear bulging from the skin and may be purplish or bluish in color, making them quite unsightly for many individuals. Many sufferers of varicose veins also complain of the pain and heaviness often associated with the venous condition. Microphlebectomy and other minimally-invasive treatments have been successful in treating this condition and those who are suffering from it are encouraged to seek consultation with a specialist in the area to discuss possible treatment options.

Microphlebectomy may be success in treating varicose veins near the surface of the skin. The procedure is also called 'stab phlebectomy' because of the incisions, or stabs, made during the treatment. The incisions used, however, are very small and typically heal without scarring. Patients require just a local anesthetic when receiving treatment, making this less invasive and less of a hassle than traditional vein stripping procedures. A series of incisions are made along the portion of the vein being removed. Each incision is about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen. Removing sections of the vein allows areas not removed to clot off, eliminating the bulging portions of the vein.

Some of the benefits of microphlebectomy compared to other procedures include its minimally-invasiveness, the requirement that only a local anesthetic be used and the minimal downtime required afterwards. Many patients are allowed to return to work right after the procedure is completed. Microphlebectomy may even be used in combination with other procedures like sclerotherapy to treat deeper veins. Those interested in treatment are encouraged to discuss their treatment options with a vein specialist in the Hamilton Square area to ensure they receive the proper care.

Patients may be encouraged to walk daily after the treatment, but should avoid strenuous activities for about a week. Patients may also be encouraged to wear compression stockings for about a week after the procedure is performed to help aid in the healing process. Patients may experience mild discomfort or bruising for a couple of days after the treatment around the treatment area. Some patients may experience minor injury to the tiny nerves just under the skin's surface in the treatment area. The injured nerves usually heal with time, however. Patients should discuss these possible risks and complications with a vein specialist before treatment.

Like many procedures used to treat varicose veins and spider veins, the treatment may be covered by insurance if it is used to treat varicose veins causing medical problems. If used for cosmetic purposes, it may not be covered. Some insurance companies even require patients to first try more conservative means of treating varicose veins such as exercise, wearing compression stockings and weight loss before they will cover treatment. Patients are encouraged to speak with their doctor as well as their insurance company to help them determine if the procedure will be covered.

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