Minimally invasive varicose veins
When conservative varicose veins treatment fail it’s often necessary to physically remove moderate-severe varicose veins. This surgical procedure is known as a microphlebectomy. In this case “micro” means small, “phleb” refers to veins, and “extomy” means to surgically remove. This safe and effective procedure completely resolves varicose veins as they’re physically not there anymore.
This approach is very minimally invasive. Access incisions are typically about 3 millimeters long and usually don’t require stitches. Complications are vanishingly rare, scarring is extremely minimal, and there’s virtually no downtime. General anesthesia isn’t necessary as a local agent such as lidocaine provides complete pain control. Most patients can return to work the same day, and within two weeks can resume strenuous exercise.
More varicose veins treatment
Unfortunately, a microphlebectomy can only target surface veins, not the deeper veins which feed them. Specifically, these underlying diseased veins are almost always the Great Saphenous Vein, the Small Saphenous Vein (SSV), or both. This makes the procedure a cosmetic one aiming to improving the appearance of the legs. Yet only by treating these deeper veins can symptoms be alleviated entirely.
Today a technique known as Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is used to accomplish this goal. It’s an extremely minimally invasive procedure that only takes about 60 minutes and involves little to no downtime. Only local anesthesia is necessary so it’s much safer than earlier procedures, and there’s rarely the need for a hospital stay. Taken as a whole RF ablation is an alternative to vein stripping that’s more effective and much less invasive. Additionally, average RF recovery times are quite short, especially when compared to vein stripping. It’s gives all of the benefits of extensive venous surgery of the legs with almost no downside.
How is Venous Insufficiency diagnosed?
It is recommended that you make an appoint for a vein specialist if you are concerned with venous insufficiency. He or she will start with a complete personal medical history, documenting details about your symptoms.
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