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What is microphlebectomy?

This question was asked in Gainesville, Florida and has 5 answer(s) as of 12/12/2012.
What is microphlebectomy? Is it the same as sclerotherapy for varicose veins?


Doctors Answers (5)

Microphlebectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove varicose veins. It is minimally invasive and leaves little to no scarring. Microphlebectomy is not sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is injections. Thank you for your questions.

Microphlebectomy is the removal of varicose veins under local anesthesia in an office setting. There are multiple small incisions made over the area of varicose veins. The incisions are very small 1 to 2 millimeters in length and the varicose veins are removed through these tiny incisions. No sutures are needed to close the incisions and the cosmetic results are excellent.

It's a minor surgical procedure that consists of removing the visible varicose veins under local tumescent anesthesia. Two mm's incisions are made next to the vein and a crochet hook like instrument is inserted, the vein is hooked and pulled out gently and carefully. Depending on how many veins need removed, the patient can have up to 20 of these incisions.? There's virtually no visible scars left and the results are excellent. The procedure takes less than 1 hour.

A microphlebectomy is a procedure done in the office under local anesthesia to treat varicose veins. Tiny incisions (about 1/8 inches long) are made along the course of the abnormal veins. Special instruments are used to hook the vein and remove it in small sections. There is usually no pain afterwards and normal daily activities can be resumed immediately. The procedure is ideal for large bulky, protruding veins. It is not a vein stripping, which is an entirely different operation. It is not sclerotherapy, which is involves injection medicine in small veins (spider veins) to make them disappear.

A microphlebectomy and sclerotherapy are two different procedures for eliminating varicose veins. A microphlebectomy uses tiny incisions to remove the vein whereas, sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution to seal the veins shut. Please see our video about microphlebectomy to better understand this procedure,

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