After endovenous laser treatment has taken care of the source of your venous insufficiency, there may still be some visible veins lingering. This can cause some to feel self-conscious about their legs. Do you have to live with these pesky veins? Not at all! Microphlebectomy is a common procedure that can remove these big, bulging veins without scarring. When necessary, the best vascular surgeons in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center will offer this procedure to patients. Here’s what it entails.
Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive treatment that’s performed in-house by one of our specialists. After using an oral relaxant and local anesthesia, a specialist will make tiny, micro-incisions in the leg. These incisions are generally around 1-2mm, small enough to not need stitches or leave a scar. The specialist will then use a hook to tease the troublesome vein out of the leg before dividing and removing it.
The entire process takes roughly an hour. By the time your hour is up, the bulging vein is gone! Patients experience minimal pain during treatment, although some may have minor bruising. Recovery time is also shorter than you may expect; patients can walk immediately after undergoing microphlebectomy, although it’s still best to avoid strenuous activity for about a week.
Depending on the severity of venous insufficiency, some patients may still need to undergo ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy to reduce the appearance of any remaining veins. This procedure is also quick and minimally invasive — a specialist simply inserts a sclerosing agent into the vein to minimize its appearance. Whether or not ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy or microphlebectomy is more appropriate depends on the patient.
A common concern for patients, besides pain levels and recovery time (both minimal), is the overall cost of the procedure. Is it affordable? You may be surprised to hear that microphlebectomy for varicose veins is covered by most insurance carriers. It’s quick and easy, costs are usually minimal, and you can get back to a life free of unsightly veins.
The best vascular surgeons in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center offer procedures that can cover every stage of your treatment: from endovenous laser treatment to removing the source of venous insufficiency, to microphlebectomy to take care of any remaining visible veins. We understand that treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all, and that’s why we perform a diagnostic exam before determining which treatment path will be best for you. Whether it’s microphlebectomy or another procedure, you can take a step toward healthy veins by calling 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547 to schedule a consultation with our specialists.