What’s a Phlebectomy?

Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive fix for varicose veins that specialists use to successfully remove these problematic veins. It’s one of the many treatments vascular expert Dr. Nirav Patel offers at our practice, Premier Vascular, in Yonkers and Jackson Heights, New York.

Dr. Patel and his team offer the most innovative and effective therapies available for treating conditions linked to your vascular health. Here’s what you need to know about phlebectomy and the benefits it offers.

Understanding phlebectomy for varicose veins

Phlebectomy, more specifically micro-phlebectomy or ambulatory phlebectomy, is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove unsightly varicose veins that lie near the skin’s surface.

During the procedure, your vascular specialist makes micro-incisions in the skin, each about the size of a needle puncture, to access and remove the problematic vein. Stitches are usually not required for these tiny incisions.

Micro-phlebectomy can effectively relieve the leg discomfort, swelling, and other symptoms associated with varicose veins. It can also help prevent blood clots, skin sores (ulcers), and other circulatory issues associated with damaged veins.

The procedure also provides a relatively quick solution to the cosmetic effects of twisting, bulging, and discolored leg veins.

What are the benefits of micro-phlebectomy compared to traditional surgery?

The benefits of micro-phlebectomy compared to other surgical removal techniques such as vein stripping include:

Note that patients who undergo micro-phlebectomy must wear support stockings for five days following the procedure. This aids in healing by improving circulation to the area, which helps prevent swelling and decreases bruising linked to the treatment.

How is phlebectomy different from other therapies for varicose veins?

There are numerous nonsurgical therapies available for removing varicosities that are based on closing off rather than removing the problematic vein.

This action triggers your body to bypass the sealed vein by rerouting blood to nearby healthy veins. Without blood flow, the targeted vein essentially dies. The skin discoloration and bulging appearance of the vein fades as your body’s natural disposal system removes the dead tissue.

The varicose and spider vein therapies we offer at Premier Vascular include:

While highly effective, these therapies can take several weeks to offer optimal results since it takes your body time to clear away the tissue debris. Phlebectomy provides a more immediate cosmetic result since the damaged vein is manually removed during the procedure.

Am I a candidate for micro-phlebectomy?

Micro-phlebectomy offers effective results for varicose veins that occur very near the skin’s surface. It’s not useful, however, for deeper veins. Thus, Dr. Patel may recommend micro-phlebectomy in combination with other therapies or suggest an alternative treatment to provide optimal cosmetic results and improve your overall vein health.

Start prepping for the skin-baring fashions of summer now by scheduling a vein evaluation at Premier Vascular today.

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