What to Expect Before, During, and After Microphlebectomy
- Posted on: May 15 2019
We’re heading into the summer months, which means there are thousands of people making mental and physical preparations to hide their legs. Why would one want to do this? If you have varicose veins, you know exactly why. Bulging, ropy veins are most certainly a cosmetic nuisance. However, there’s more. Veins in which blood is not flowing properly can also provoke leg cramps or restlessness, cramping, itching, burning, and other sensations that just don’t feel too great.
If we’ve learned anything by serving patients in Columbia for so long, it’s that there are numerous reasons to get varicose veins treated. We’ve also learned that, when there is even a slight amount of uncertainty, treatment will be put off. Some people wait decades before finally getting varicose veins removed. To make your decision easier, we will explain one of the most frequently misunderstood vein treatments, microphlebectomy.
What is Microphlebectomy?
You may not have heard of microphlebectomy. This is the technical term for vein removal, which maybe you have heard of. Vein removal should not be mistaken for vein stripping. While both accomplish the same end result, vein stripping was a surgical technique that went out of style decades ago. Today, surgeons like Dr. Reynolds prefer to take a minimally invasive approach.
Microphlebectomy is a micro-surgical technique that does not require general anesthesia nor a lengthy recovery period. Because of this, it may be an ideal solution for many people.
Vein treatment is not something we rush. Several approaches can be taken to eliminate insufficient veins. To determine which is most suitable, Dr. Reynolds performs a comprehensive vein screening, medical history, and consultation. Diagnostic screening with ultrasound may also be involved in the initial visit.
The Microphlebectomy Procedure
The first step in the microphlebectomy procedure is to numb the treatment area. This is achieved by injecting a local anesthetic in the area of the vein. After tissue sensation has diminished, patients are unlikely to feel a thing as tiny perforations are made along the length of the vein. As a small hook-like instrument is used to remove sections of the vein, slight tugging may be felt but this is not painful. After the vein has been removed, the tiny nicks in the skin are bandaged with steri-strips.
We may apply compression stockings immediately after microphlebectomy or these may be put on at home. Patients are able to drive themselves home after microphlebectomy if they so choose. Many have a loved one accompany them to their appointment, though. At home, mild discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medication if any occurs. For two days, patients need to avoid hot baths and showers, pools, hot tubs, and saunas. After 48 hours, the steri-strip bandages can be removed. After 7 days, all normal activities can be resumed.
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