If you have large varicose veins, chances are, you are suffering from cosmetic concerns and pain. As abnormal veins become larger, pressure increases, causing fatigue, throbbing pain, itching, and skin discoloration.
If you see a vein surgeon as soon as you see spider or varicose veins developing, you will have the option of minimally invasive options, such as sclerotherapy, which involves the use of an irritating solution, or radiofrequency ablation, which uses an electric current to destroy and close up the varicose vein. For larger varicose veins, however, the ideal treatment is microphlebectomy.
Microphlebectomy: The Minimally Invasive Treatment For Large Varicose Veins
Microphlebectomy is a vein procedure that involves making tiny incisions through the skin and removing the varicose veins segment by segment using a surgical hook. You should not feel any discomfort during the procedure, as a numbing agent will be used.
Where sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation may not completely eliminate medium to large varicose veins, microphlebectomy does the job beautifully. Your vein surgeon may combine radiofrequency ablation to heat the vein and cause it to close. Then, they will use microphlebectomy to remove the bulging vein from the surface. Throughout the procedure, the doctor will be careful to preserve the health of the surrounding veins and tissues.
You can go home on the same day as the vein treatment to recover, but you should be able to return to your normal (not strenuous) activities immediately – although you should take it easy the first 24 hours after the treatment. Your incisions, being very tiny, should heal quickly. Moreover, you can expect to have a comfortable recovery as a microphlebectomy causes minimal pain. If you are concerned about scarring, know that there is virtually no scarring after a microphlebectomy.
Who Needs a Microphlebectomy?
Your vein surgeon may recommend microphlebectomy if:
- You have large varicose veins that are protruding through the skin
- Your varicose veins cannot be completely eliminated with other minimally invasive procedures
- Your varicose veins have changed the surface of your skin and caused texture and color changes
When is a Microphlebectomy Used for Spider Veins?
All this talk of a microphlebectomy being used for large veins does not mean vein surgeons do not use it to treat spider veins. Microphlebectomy, along with endovenous laser treatment and sclerotherapy, may be used to treat spider veins.
Vein Surgeon in Kansas City & Marshall, MO
In the hands of a skilled vein surgeon, a microphlebectomy can restore your legs, making them appear smoother and more youthful. If you are looking for a vein center for spider vein or varicose vein treatment, choose Missouri Vein Specialists in Kansas City and Marshall, MO.
Our vein surgeon, Dr. Scott Darling, will evaluate your vein issue and determine if a microphlebectomy is right for you. Dr. Darling provides a wide range of varicose vein treatments, including sclerotherapy, laser therapy, endovenous ablation therapy, and more.