Do you suffer from varicose veins in the legs? At South Texas Vein Institute, we offer the latest in vein removal procedures, including microphlebectomy.
Microphlebectomy is also called ambulatory phlebectomy or stab avulsion. It is a surgical procedure used to remove varicose veins and can be performed either alone or in conjunction with another procedure for treating varicose veins.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Microphlebectomy can be used to remove medium-sized or large varicose veins. It is performed as an outpatient procedure, and it typically takes less than an hour. The patient may also undergo an ultrasound examination to ensure there are no other varicose veins and that the veins deeper within the legs are functioning properly. During the procedure, the patient will be given a local anesthetic.
Our physicians will make a series of incisions that are no more than a ¼ inch long in the patient’s leg. They will then pull the varicose vein out in segments. While the patient will usually not need stitches to close the incision, a protective bandage may be placed. Since the incision is small, scarring is minimal.
What Happens During the Recovery?
Most patients can return to work immediately after the procedure but may be encouraged to take daily walks. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for roughly a week. The patient may have to wear a compression stocking during that time.
What are the Results Like?
Removing the varicose vein will give the patient immediate relief from any pain or fatigue it caused. It will also improve the appearance of the patient’s leg. While microphlebectomy can cause bruising, that will fade within days. In some cases, tiny nerves under the skin might be injured, but the nerves will heal over time. The blood that had been carried by the varicose vein will be rerouted to a healthier vein.
Who is Not a Good Candidate for a Microphlebectomy?
The ideal candidate for a microphlebectomy will be a patient in good overall health with medium-sized or large varicose veins near the surface of the skin. Patients with small varicose veins, or abnormal veins deep in the leg are not good candidates and will have alternative treatment options discussed with them.
People with diabetes or heart disease should not undergo a microphlebectomy. Elderly people and patients with a serious illness are also generally not good candidates. People with an edema or an infection on the treatment area may need to wait for their condition to clear up before undergoing a microphlebectomy. Patients with venous reflux, in which malfunctioning valves cause the blood to flow backwards, may also require alternative procedures.
Contact South Texas Vein Institute today to schedule a consultation and find out if microphlebectomy is right for you!