Microphlebectomy is the medical term for the removal of a large or medium-sized varicose vein through a tiny incision in the leg. The incisions are less than 1/4 inch in length–just enough to get the vein out with a cosmetically acceptable result. The incisions are so small that they often don’t require stitches to close them. A small piece of adhesive tape usually suffices to close the incision. This is known as a butterfly stitch.
The surgeon very carefully removes the vein from the leg, thereby eliminating the unsightly and often painful varicosity. Even though a large vein has been removed, there is no negative effect on the blood flow or circulation in the leg. The blood that has been carried by that vein is simply rerouted to another vein deeper in the leg. Circulation and blood flow continue as before, but better and more efficiently. The only difference is that the unsightly bulge in the leg is gone!
Microphlebectomy is an outpatient procedure, which can be performed safely and comfortably in the office setting. There is minimal pain associated with the procedure and afterwards, if the patient was experiencing pain from the varicose vein, there is immediate relief. The cosmetic results are excellent as the bulges disappear and a smoother, aesthetically appealing leg begins to emerge. Within a short time, the minor bruising will disappear and the patient will be left with impressive results. The fatigue and pain often associated with these veins is gone!
Microphlebectomy takes less than one hour to perform. There is no preoperative laboratory testing or clearance appointments required. Patients may undergo an ultrasound examination to ensure that the veins deeper in the legs are functioning well and that they are not the cause of the varicose veins. There are few restrictions after the procedure. Many patients say they wished they had done it sooner, rather than living with ugly varicose veins for so long.
To sum up, microphlebectomy is the removal of large veins through small incisions. The procedure also helps eliminate pain and cosmetically improves appearance. The veins are permanently removed and cannot recur.
If you are suffering from varicose veins, contact us today to find out if this procedure is right for you.