When varicose veins are too large for sclerotherapy yet too small for laser vein removal, microphlebectomy is employed as a means to remove damaged, superfical veins. In this procedure,also referred to as an ambulatory phlebectomy, a surgeon makes a series of tiny puncture holes along the vein and then takes out small segments of the vein.
These tiny incisions require no stitches. In most cases, people experience very little pain after the operation and are able to walk immediately following surgery. This minimally invasive procedure can be performed in one 45-minute session under local anesthesia in a physician’s office or an outpatient center. Microphlebectomy treatment is often performed in conjunction with sclerotherapy and laser vein treatment.
After your vein procedure, your legs will be wrapped with compression bandages. These should remain in place until you come back for 1st post op appointment. The day of your procedure we want you to perform calf pumps 20-30 an hour. On day two after your procedure, we want you up walking every hour for 10 to 15 mins. You will need to keep legs elevated whenever you are not actively walking. Drink lots of fluids (water, juice, etc.) following your procedure.
Normal activity can be resumed within 1 week, but strenuous exercise can cause the vein to reopen. Avoid hot baths and vigorous activity such as gym workouts for at least 7 to 14 days. No activity that requires standing for long periods of time (cooking, cleaning, washing dishes, etc.). In order to get optimal results, NO motorcycle riding, riding lawn mower, spinning, swimming, or running for 6 weeks.
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