About MicroPhlebectomy

About MicroPhlebectomy

What is Microphlebectomy?

Microphlebectomy is a treatment option for varicose veins. Performed on an outpatient basis, Microphlebectomy treats veins that are visible on the surface of the skin, and is a great option if the problem veins are too large to be effectively treated with other procedures like sclerotherapy.

How is Microphlebectomy performed?

Microphlebectomy stops the flow of blood into malfunctioning veins by using tiny incisions to remove varicose veins. The sections that aren't removed then clot and seal off, resulting in blood pumping through nearby healthy veins rather than those that were causing discomfort and discoloration. How does Microphlebectomy compare to other procedures?

When compared to alternatives, microphlebectomy offers some positive advantages.
Microphlebectomy:

  • Is minimally invasive
  • Requires only local anesthesia
  • May be used in combination with sclerotherapy for treatment of smaller veins
  • Requires no recovery time, so patients are back to their daily activities right away

Who should consider microphlebectomy?

Individuals who desire treatment for their painful or unattractive varicose veins are candidates for microphlebectomy.

How is the procedure performed?

The procedure is performed at the clinic. After mapping the treatment area to decide where to make the tiny incisions, local anesthetics will be administered to ensure the patient's comfort throughout the procedure. The surgeon will then make a very small incisions (1-2mm) down the length of the problem vein, then using special hooks to grasp the vein for removal. This process usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes to perform, or longer depending on the number of targeted veins. Afterwards, a bandage will be placed on the site.

What should I expect of my recovery?

A short recovery time is one of the benefits of microphlebectomy, especially compared to that of traditional surgical procedures. The majority of patients resume their daily activities right after treatment, though they are encouraged to refrain from physically demanding activity for a week or so. Compression stockings are often recommended for the week following the procedure to support the healing process.

Are the results immediate?

Immediate results are evident right after the treatment, and continue to improve as bruising fades. Since the incisions made are very small, most patients experience almost no scarring.

Are there any risks involved?

Side-effects are typically mild and short-lived, but could include mild discomfort and bruising immediately following the procedure. Infection is an uncommon complication.

Will my insurance cover the cost of this procedure?

Microphlebectomy is typically considered a cosmetic treatment, and so is not often covered by medical insurers. However, if the treatment is for veins that are causing pain and discomfort and compromising the patient's health, the procedure may be covered to an extent. It is best to discuss your options with the doctor.