Microphlebectomy: A Residual Varicose Vein Treatment
Some people confuse microphlebectomy with old fashioned "vein stripping" for varicose vein treatment, but the two procedures are completely different. Vein stripping - which is no longer performed - was very traumatic and required a long recovery. Microphlebectomy is much more gentle and leads to very high patient satisfaction with almost no "down time." Our patients drive themselves home from our Frederick, Bethesda, Charles Town, or Leesburg offices after the procedure and need no special care. The treated leg is healthier and looks much better after the disappearance of unwanted veins.
How is microphlebectomy done?
Microphlebectomy is an in office procedure for treatment of larger varicose veins that do not always regress after the VNUS Closure procedure. Following application of a local anesthetic, the area along remaining bulging veins is numbed with medication. Tiny nicks are made in the skin overlying these veins, then using special tiny instruments, the unhealthy bulging veins are gently removed. Stitches are not required and there is minimal to no downtime from normal activity.
Is there downtime for recovery from microphlebectomy?
Patients drive themselves home, work the next day and are back to full exercise by day four. Some bruising and tiny scabs will be present initially, but within weeks, your legs will feel and look young and healthy without any trace of scarring. Most patients report not needing any pain medication. Some patients take an over the counter pain reliever for bruising, but this is usually very limited and more as a precaution. Drs. McNeill and Rosenberg have perfected their technique over the years and the results are unsurpassed.
What happens if I do not receive treatment for residual varicose veins?
Varicose veins that are not treated with microphlebectomy and do not regress following VNUS Closure or Clarivein can continue to cause pain, heaviness, and fatigue in your legs. These veins also have increased risk for blood clot formation (thrombophlebitis), which can be very uncomfortable. Large varicose vein branches can negatively impact previously performed treatments as well. Every patient is different and unique, so one formula does not pertain to all.
Dr. McNeill and Dr. Rosenberg each work from all of our four offices in Frederick, Bethesda, Charles Town, and Leesburg, and will take the time to personally assess your legs every step of the way, so that you understand what direction of care is best for you.