If you have varicose veins that need to be treated, you may be a good candidate for microphlebectomy. Varicose veins can be painful and can thus affect the quality of your life. You may find it hard to do the things that you love to do when your legs ache and burn from distended, painful veins. Find out more about varicose veins and this popular treatment option below.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are large, bumpy veins that most often appear in your legs and feet. They typically occur when the blood in your veins has a hard time getting back to your heart. The blood then pools in your lower extremities when you are upright. Varicose veins are different from and more serious than spider veins. While spider veins are mainly a cosmetic concern, varicose veins can be both a cosmetic and a medical concern. To treat the pain and poor appearance of these problematic veins, our doctor may recommend microphlebectomy.
What Is Microphlebectomy?
Microphlebectomy is sometimes also called ambulatory phlebectomy. During this procedure, the problem veins are removed. While it can be done along with more invasive procedures for clearing up varicose veins, such as vein stripping or ligation, you may find good results with this procedure alone.
Many patients love this procedure because it is a relatively easy way of dealing with their varicose veins. It is generally done as an outpatient procedure, meaning that you will be able to go home shortly after it is done. Most of the time, you will only require local anesthesia at the treated area.
What to Expect
The procedure itself involves physically removing the varicose veins. Most likely, you will be sent home with small bandages over the treated areas. We perform microphlebectomy right here in our office. Following the procedure, you will be instructed to wear compression stockings for a time until the area more fully heals.
Our specialist will be able to answer your questions about microphlebectomy during your consultation with us at Smith Vein Institute. This is a short procedure that typically takes an hour or less to perform. You may have additional testing done beforehand to ensure that this procedure is the best option for clearing up your problem. For example, you may need a venous ultrasound to determine if there are further circulatory problems deeper under the skin. However, in many cases, we can permanently improve the look of your legs and feet with this simple procedure. To learn more, contact either of our offices in Middlefield or Concord Township and schedule your consultation.