There are a few treatments for varicose veins. The option your doctor chooses often depends on the size of the veins and how deep they are. A microphlebectomy is often a good choice for treating varicose veins, and it can be combined with sclerotherapy or laser treatments to get rid of smaller or larger veins. Here's how microphlebectomy treatments work.
The Vein Is Removed During The Procedure
Unlike some other varicose vein treatments that just clot off the vein so the vein disappears gradually, the doctor is able to remove the vein during a microphlebectomy treatment. This is done by making tiny incisions along your leg so the vein can be pulled out in sections. The incisions are made with a needle, and they're so small they look more like punctures and they don't need stitches.
The doctor uses a medical implement that has a hook on the end to reach in and grab the vein and pull it out of the incision. The vein is then cut and the doctor advances to the next incision and repeats the process along the length of the vein being worked on.
While this might sound painful, the area is numbed before the doctor begins, so all you feel is tugging in the area. If you are nervous about the procedure, the doctor might also give you a sedative. However, general anesthesia is not used during a microphlebectomy treatment, so you can drive yourself home when your appointment is over.
You Notice Results Right Away
You can see the results of the treatment right away, but the doctor will apply bandages and compression stockings, so your legs will be covered. There might also be some swelling after the treatment, so it might be a few weeks before the new condition of your leg can be fully appreciated. The doctor can work on multiple veins in a single visit, but if you have several varicose veins, you might need to make a few visits to the doctor to get rid of them all.
Recovery From A Microphlebectomy Is Fast
A benefit of having a microphlebectomy treatment over vein stripping is the quicker and easier recovery time. You'll probably need to take off work for a few days and avoid strenuous activity for a week or so. Your doctor will give you complete instructions for your recovery period that will probably include elevating your leg when resting and wearing compression stockings.
A microphlebectomy usually doesn't cause much pain. The pain can be managed with over-the-counter medications, so prescription pain killers may not be needed. You might be able to resume a lot of your usual activities right away, and the doctor may even want you to walk every day during your recovery rather than stay sedentary.
Make an appointment with a medical center, such as Advanced Vein Center, to learn more.