Varicose Veins Treatment: Microphlebectomy
If your legs are tired and you have medium-to-large sized varicose veins, it’s most likely time for varicose vein removal. This procedure is done in our vein clinic in about an hour. Tiny incisions are made to remove the varicose veins and are then covered with a steri-strip — no stitches are required! This simple procedure removes the unhealthy veins and allows your legs to feel healthy once more. You may even be surprised at how quickly this outpatient procedure offers you varicose vein pain relief and wonder why you haven’t done it sooner.
At the Vein and Laser Center of Northern Colorado, we offer various vein treatments to help you feel confident in your legs once again. We have experienced varicose vein doctors and helpful staff who will lead you through your varicose vein surgery with unparalleled customer service and kindness. Our vein clinic is a Top Rated Local® vein and laser center in Northern Colorado, and we’d love to have you as our patient. Learn how to get rid of varicose veins here, and then schedule a free screening or visit us in Fort Collins for your vein treatment.
How This Vein Surgery Works
This method of varicose vein removal is fairly simple.
Microphlebectomy is also known as ambulatory phlebectomy. It’s a minimally invasive vein surgery that removes surface varicose veins. First, a local anesthetic will be injected around the varicose veins in need of treatment. Your varicose vein doctor will then use a small scalpel to puncture the skin directly above the varicose vein.
Your doctor will insert a small instrument with a hook into the incision, grasp the damaged vein, and remove it. Your varicose vein removal will be as simple as that!
This vein treatment requires no stitches, and the scars will heal to eventually be barely visible. Your incision is so small it will only require a steri-strip for healing. This varicose vein removal is commonly done in conjunction with endovenous laser treatment (EVLT).
Get a free screening at the Vein and Laser Center of Northern Colorado to see if this vein treatment is right for you.
Commonly Asked Questions
- Will I be under anesthesia? No general anesthesia is required for this varicose vein treatment. Your vein doctor will only inject a local anesthetic to numb the direct area.
- Will this disrupt my body’s blood flow? No. Varicose veins are superficial and handle less than 10 percent of your leg’s total blood flow. When you have a microphlebectomy done, your body will naturally reroute the blood to healthy veins afterward.
- How long will this take? The procedure could take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. It will depend on how many veins are being removed.
- How long until I can walk? You can walk right after your vein treatment! Say goodbye to your varicose veins as soon as you enter our vein clinic — you’ll be up and walking without those bulging veins in no time.
- How long for recovery? Recovery will vary for everyone, but you should be able to return to most normal activities the same day as your vein surgery. There are certain activities you should avoid for at least a week: hot tubbing, taking baths, swimming, doing hot yoga, and getting massages. Your vein doctor can help you determine what is or isn’t appropriate.
- Do I need varicose vein stockings? Yes! Medical compression socks are mandatory after your varicose vein surgery. We generally recommend 20-30 mmHg thigh-high compression socks after an ambulatory phlebectomy, but there are other strengths, as well as knee-high compression socks, that are available.
- Can I prevent varicose veins? This is an understandable question both before and after your vein treatment. You want to decrease the likelihood of varicose veins returning, after all. Although there is no absolute way of preventing veins from becoming varicose, exercise, wearing compression stockings, and other methods for varicose veins prevention are a great way to help your veins stay healthy.
At the Vein and Laser Center of Northern Colorado, we aim to be your resource for varicose vein removal. Whether you’re ready for a vein treatment or you’re just starting your research, we can help. Visit our vein clinic in Fort Collins for a free screening, and we’ll be happy to help. We can help you determine if microphlebectomy is the right varicose vein treatment for you or if another vein surgery would be better suited to your needs.