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 period. Microphlebectomy is much more gentle and leads to very high patient satisfaction with almost no "down time." Our patients drive themselves home from our office after the procedure and require no special care. The treated leg is healthier and looks much better after the disappearance of unwanted veins.
How is microphlebectomy performed?
Microphlebectomy is an in-office procedure for treatment of larger varicose veins that do not always regress after the VNUS Closure (Venefit) procedure. Following application of a local anesthetic, the area along the remaining bulging veins is numbed with medication and tiny nicks are made in the skin. Using special tiny instruments, the unhealthy bulging veins are gently removed. Stitches are not required.
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 look and feel young and healthy without any trace of scarring. Most patients report not needing pain medication, while some take an over the counter pain reliever 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 Venefit 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. Every patient is unique, so one formula does not pertain to all.
Dr. Paul McNeill and Dr. Garth Rosenberg work in each of our offices - Bethesda, MD; Frederick, MD; Lessburg, VA; and Charles Town, WV. They take the time to personally assess your legs and support you every step of the way, ensuring that you understand what type of care is best.