Veins are blood vessels that act as pathways for the blood to travel throughout the body and back to the heart. In some cases, their walls can sometimes become weakened, causing a small amount of blood to flow in the opposite direction. When this happens, some of the blood may accumulate in the vein and become enlarged. This condition is known as varicose veins. They are generally visible in legs and feet as unsightly dark blue or purple bulbous lumps.
There are multiple factors that can trigger the onset of varicose veins. These include menopause, obesity, long hours of standing, and genetic factors. Even though varicose veins generally do not cause many severe complications or impair one’s health, they can sometimes cause considerable pain, discomfort, leg ulcers, skin ulcers, or disfigurement. In such cases, patients opt for specialized treatments to remedy the problem.
Details of Microphlebectomy
The medical procedure used to remove large or medium-sized varicose veins from the leg is called microphlebectomy. It is a safe procedure that requires a small incision to gain access to the underlying veins. The size of the incision made to perform the procedure is usually so small that stitches aren’t required to close it.
Before performing the microphlebectomy treatment, your doctor may perform a few diagnostic tests to ensure that there are no issues with the underlying veins. Generally, the removal of a varicose vein, even if it is a large one, does not impact one’s circulation. The blood, in this case, is automatically re-routed through another vein.
To perform this surgery, first, a local anesthesia is given to the patient. Then, a small cut is made at the treatment location. Your surgeon will then insert a tiny phlebectomy hook through the incision to ease out the large varicose vein in sections.
Section by section removal aids in quicker healing and reduces the chances of clotting. Once the procedure is completed, the leg is washed with a sterile solution and dressings are applied. The bandages can be removed after one to two days, but the patient will have to wear compression garments for a few weeks to ensure optimal healing.
Benefits of Microphlebectomy
• Liberation from varicose veins: After the microphlebectomy treatment, you’ll finally have relief from the pain caused by varicose veins. The portion of the leg will also look better without the unsightly varicose veins.
• Simple procedure: As the surgery is minimally invasive, the treatment can be completed without the need for any hospital stay.
• Minimal scarring: The size of the incision is small and no sutures are required. So the treatment leaves little to no marks on the skin.
• Only local anesthesia is required: The process requires only local anesthesia as the incision is small and the procedure takes only less than hour to complete.
• Very little downtime: Patients can continue with their normal life and activities within a day after the procedure.
• Low risk of complications: There are only very low chances of complications or infections from microphlebectomy.
• Permanent results: Procedures such as sclerotherapy and laser vein removal do not remove the vein, but only close it from inside. With microphlebectomy, however, the veins will be removed from the body completely.
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Varicose veins are an unsightly annoyance that you should not have to live with. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can get rid of them through microphlebectomy, contact us to schedule your consultation today!