Microphlebectomy of Varicose Veins

After treatment of the saphenous veins via radiofrequency ablation or VenaSeal, most varicosities tend to flatten out and are not as visible as they were prior to treatment. In some cases, these varicosities are fed by other branches of veins and need to be treated individually. Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center can treat these varicosities in our office with a minor procedure known as phlebectomy or microphlebectomy.

Microphlebectomy is the removal of varicose veins through tiny incisions on the leg. No stitches are necessary. This procedure is minimally invasive, leaving no scarring, and uses local anesthetic only. Coverage by insurance can be discussed with the Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular team.

How does microphlebectomy work?

Phlebectomy is a very small micro-incision that is used to get large, superficial varicose veins to no longer be visible on the surface of the skin. These are tiny incisions that don’t require stitches, just a steri-strip over the area.

Once the skin has been anesthetized, the incisions are made near the problematic vein. A very small hook enters through the incision then gently removes the vein.

How long is the procedure?

The procedure for microphlebectomy is fairly short. Our experienced team at Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center will quickly and expertly take care of your treatment. Expect to have the procedure take 30 minutes to an hour.

How safe is the procedure?

Microphlebectomy is considered a safe and effective procedure for treating varicose veins. There are risks associated with all procedures, but there are relatively few connected with microphlebectomy. The smaller incisions reduce the risk of infection.

What are the side effects of microphlebectomy?

Side effects may include bruising, swelling, discoloration, scar, slow healing, pain, allergic reactions to the anesthetic, infection, or numbness in the treated area. However, persistence of any of these symptoms is rare. If you experience increased swelling, it will typically fade or resolve after 3–4 weeks.

Do I have to wear compression stockings after the treatment?

Compression socks prevent swelling and reinforce proper blood flow. After the procedure, your veins readjust and redirect the flow of blood to healthy veins. Because of this, wearing compression stockings is recommended after the microphlebectomy procedure for 5–7 days.

What does recovery look like?

Typically, you’ll be back to your regular routine within the first few days post-procedure. Because the incisions are so small, the tissue heals much faster. However, you’ll want to avoid strenuous exercise and swimming for several weeks after the procedure.

What should I expect for post-treatment care?

You may be asked to follow a walking schedule for a short time each day to keep the blood in your legs flowing correctly. Our team will set a follow-up appointment with you to consider your progress and further treatment if necessary.

Why come to Heart of Dixie for microphlebectomy?

When you have varicose veins that interfere with your daily living, you deserve to improve your quality of life with help from Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center. Our friendly staff is professional, considerate, and dedicated to your well-being. We’ll provide you with comprehensive care to take care of your current vein conditions while preventing others from occurring in the future.

We have a wealth of experience and will personalize your treatment to maximize your comfort. Your experience should be as comfortable as possible in your return to healthy legs, and we can help you through every step of the way. If you are considering microphlebectomy to treat your varicose veins, contact us today. We’d be happy to discuss your microphlebectomy candidacy and other possible treatment options to get you onto the road for a happier and healthier life.

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