Microphlebectomy, also known as ambulatory phlebectomy, is a minimally invasive procedure used when varicose veins are so close to the skin that it is the easier to access them directly. Under local anesthesia, the physician makes tiny nicks in the skin, and then painlessly removes the varicose vein in sections with a tiny hook-like microphlebectomy instrument. The small nicks do not need sutures, and instead are closed with tape. The treated leg is then wrapped in a thin dressing and a compression stocking. There is no general anesthesia used for the microphlebectomy procedure, but you may be offered a sedative to help relax.
Advantages of Microphlebectomy
- No stitches
- No or minimal scarring
- Excellent results
Microphlebectomy Recovery and Aftercare
Patients return home after the procedure. Microphlebectomy causes some bruising which resolves in two to three weeks. Normal activities can be resumed after the procedure, and walking is recommended. Compression stockings are worn for three weeks during the daytime. Air travel and long car trips should be avoided for three weeks. Hot baths and strenuous workouts should be avoided for two weeks. Patients will receive detailed post- procedure instructions. Follow-up visits are scheduled for one week, and four weeks later.