A microphlebectomy, also known as ambulatory phlebectomy, is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that removes large, painful, or unsightly varicose veins.
A microphlebectomy begins with an ultrasound to pinpoint the accurate location of the needed treatment.
We then administer a local anesthetic to numb the treatment site. Once the area is numb and you are comfortable, we begin making the incisions. These are usually less than two millimeters in length. To put that into perspective, the tip of a new, unused crayon is typically two millimeters in diameter.
Because these incisions are small and superficial, they do not need stitches to heal and will not leave behind scars. You shouldn’t experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
The entire procedure, like a sclerotherapy procedure, takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Unlike sclerotherapy, there is some downtime required to recover.
After an ambulatory phlebectomy, you will immediately be able to walk and resume most normal activities. However, you should make sure to get adequate rest for a week or two after your procedure.
Our team will instruct you on compression therapy in the form of compression socks or bandages for a period of time after your ambulatory phlebectomy. Depending on your specific treatment, you may need to wear compression garments for anywhere from several days to several weeks.
Your incisions will fade after 6 to 12 months. They will heal on their own, but to avoid mild skin pigmentation, do your best to keep the treatment sites hidden from sun exposure.
Microphlebectomy is an extremely effective, highly rated treatment option for superficial varicose veins. The success rate is higher than 90%.
This procedure permanently removes problematic veins. Most patients find it easier and less stressful than vein removal surgeries that require general anesthesia. For help in choosing a treatment for problem veins, varicose veins, spider veins and chronic venous insufficiency, schedule a consultation with our doctors today. Our in-house ultrasound allows us to provide diagnosis and treatment plans at your first appointment.
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