Microphlebectomy is an office-based procedure performed under local anesthesia. The varicose veins are removed through a series of miniature incisions that require no stitches, and leave no scars.
Compared to traditional vein stripping, this technique has virtually no scarring or side effects. It is performed in the office. A local anesthetic is used and patients have very little “down time” following the procedure.
After the vein is removed, the leg is wrapped with an ace bandage and the patient can get up and walk around the office prior to going home. The patient is asked to keep the leg elevated and stay off the leg for the first day. Although strenuous activity should be limited for two weeks, patients can go back to work and normal activity after 24 hours. A support stocking is worn for two weeks after surgery to minimize swelling and allow for proper healing.
Results to expect from Microphlebectomy
Results of microphlebectomy for varicose veins are excellent from both a cosmetic and symptom relief viewpoint. The procedure is often combined with other treatments such as endovenous laser therapy and sclerotherapy for optimal results.
A tiny needle, about the size of a hair is used to irritate the lining of the vein. Over a short period of time the vein closes and is reabsorbed. The blood previously going through the treated vein will get rerouted through other healthy veins.
Results to expect from Sclerotherapy
After Sclerotherapy, patients report less pain from their veins and that their legs are generally more comfortable. Eventually the vein will become scar tissue and disappear. Side effects may include swelling, itching, and skin color changes in the treated area. You’ll be asked to wear compression stockings, usually for about three weeks, to maintain compression of the treated veins.
Once the procedure is complete, the blood is re-routed to health veins. A small bandage is placed over the insertion site and a compression dressing is placed over the area treated. Walking is encourage immediately following the procedure and patients can return to work the next day.
Results to expect from Endovenous Laser Ablation
The endovenous laser ablation procedure has proven to be highly effective for the treatment varicose veins and underlying venous reflux disease.
Compression Therapy provides a means to treat venous stasis, venous hypertension and venous edema. Objectives of compression therapy are to reduce the swollen limb to minimum size, maintain that size, and allow the patient to participate in the care of his or her limb whenever possible. Treatments can include exercise, wrapping, massage, compression stockings and a compression pump.
Graduated Compression Therapy gives support to the legs and helps improve circulation back to the heart. Though this treatment may provide symptomatic relief to your leg pain, it does not prevent or cure varicose veins.