Varicose Vein Treatment
What is the microphlebectomy procedure?
The microphlebectomy procedure is a minimally invasive surgical technique for removing large varicose veins using local anesthetic only.
What can I expect of the microphlebectomy procedure?
You may feel some minor pain or stinging with a needle stick to numb each incision site. Small micro incisions are made above the veins to remove the vein segments.
You may feel some pressure or mild sensation of pulling. After treatment a small adhesive bandage placed over the puncture site. Compression stockings should be worn for 1 week following procedure.
When will my symptoms improve?
Symptoms are caused by the diseased superficial vein. Thus, symptoms may improve as soon as the diseased vein is closed.
When can I return to normal activity?
Many patients return to normal activity immediately after the procedure. Your doctor can help you determine when you can return to normal activity.
Is the microphlebectomy procedure painful?
Most patients feel little, if any, pain during the outpatient procedure.
Is there bruising after the procedure?
Most patients report little-to-no bruising after the procedure.
Is the microphlebectomy procedure covered by insurance?
As with any procedure, insurance coverage may vary. For more information, please contact your insurance provider.
Tiny needles are used to inject a solution directly into the vein. This solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades over time.
A small incision is made to access the vein. A cathetar delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall, causing it to heat, collapse and seal shut. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood circulation is diverted to other healthy veins.
Microphlebectomy is sometimes recommended to treat unsightly or painful leg veins close to the skin’s surface. With microphlebectomy, varicose veins are removed through small punctures, which leave virtually no scars.