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Suffering from leg pain, swollen veins or other symptoms that leave you feeling uncomfortable or self-conscious? You’re not alone! An estimated 30-60% of adults develop varicose veins or spider veins, regardless of gender.
Microphlebectomy is just one of the options we offer as treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. The vascular specialists at Metro Vein are trained to provide safe, minimally-invasive procedures that can be performed right in our offices, and our vein doctors are always happy to work with you to determine a personalized treatment plan. View our locations and call your nearest Metro Vein Center today to get started:
Microphlebectomy, also referred to as an ambulatory phlebectomy, is a simple outpatient procedure to remove varicose veins in the leg. This technique involves removing larger veins on the surface of the legs through tiny incisions. This procedure does not leave any scars or need stitches. In fact, all that's usually needed is a band-aid, and that's it. Right after having a mini-phlebectomy procedure, you can immediately resume normal activities.
Microphlebectomy is often recommended for the treatment of large varicose veins that cannot be treated with sclerotherapy or laser or radiofrequency ablations. In the sclerotherapy procedure, a liquid chemical is injected into the vein to seal it closed. This treatment causes the vein to fade away. However, for larger bulging varicose veins, a microphlebectomy may be a good option. A phlebectomy is a relatively minor treatment that does not cause a lot of pain or leave scarring, and it heals quickly. Mini-phlebectomy is usually combined with other techniques as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for multiple veins.
Microphlebectomy is performed in our office under local anesthesia or by numbing the area so you will not feel any pain or discomfort. It is usually completed within an hour. The doctor performing the procedure will begin by identifying the damaged veins. Next, your doctor will make several tiny incisions in the targeted areas, then by inserting a tiny tip into the vein to extract it. While this may sound serious, it is non-invasive given the veins that are being removed are not working properly and your body is not using them. The procedure is completed with the doctor simply covering the small cut with a band-aid.
You can walk and continue with your normal activities after a microphlebectomy, but it is recommended that you avoid strenuous activities for at least one to two weeks after the procedure. Following the procedure, keep the treatment area covered for several days and wear compression socks to promote healing and prevent blood clots. Your doctor will provide you with detailed post-care instructions for your procedure and you can discuss any other expectations during your consultation.
Remember to avoid strenuous activities after having a microphlebectomy treatment for at least one to two weeks, but you can still perform light activities like basic housework. This process does not need stitches, and thus, you won't have to worry about having them removed later. Instead, the wounds will heal by themselves as any small cut would, and after a few weeks healing is often complete.
Serious side effects are very rare but you may notice some temporary mild skin pigmentation around the treated area, soreness, and bruising but this will usually go away by itself in a few days.
Metro Vein Centers has been relieving patients of varicose and spider veins since 2006. Since then, we have helped over 25,000 patients with bulging varicose veins with the highest patient satisfaction scores in the industry. We use the latest cutting-edge treatments and diagnostic options to better serve our patients and our doctors specialize in these treatments. Our friendly staff and medical team are compassionate and committed to complete patient satisfaction.