Patients who suffer from varicose veins understand the distress and discomfort they can cause, both emotionally and physically. They are usually embarrassed over the unsightliness of the purple and tangled veins that are visible to others. They also often fear that these veins could be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical condition. Diagnosing varicose veins early on can lead to positive outcomes. In this situation, a visit to a physician who is experienced in handling vein disease is highly recommended.
When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright at the Laser Vein Center, he’ll first examine your varicose veins. Then he’ll sit down with you to discuss your options, and answer your questions. Furthermore, he’ll address your concerns about the treatment plan he thinks will work best for you. One of those treatment options may be a phlebectomy procedure. This may sound scary but is actually a relatively simple procedure to undergo.
What is Vein Phlebectomy?
In the dark days of vein disease treatment options, you could only choose vein stripping. This was a potentially dangerous procedure that involved a large incision, general anesthesia, and a hospital stay. Recovery time was an extended and painful process. Furthermore, the risk of complications was high, as any surgery can lead to infection or complications from the anesthesia.
Fortunately, thanks to technology there have been significant advances in medical procedures. While we still sometimes use vein stripping, there are other procedures that are safer and performed on an outpatient basis. Vein phlebectomy involves making small incisions near the affected veins. After that, we use a phlebectomy hook to reach in and pull out the tangled veins. This procedure is minimally invasive and we perform it with a local anesthetic.
Will There Be Scarring or Pain?
During the procedure, you won’t feel pain, as the anesthetic numbs the area. Furthermore, because the incisions are so small you won’t need any stitches, and any scarring will be minimal. After the procedure, we will give you complete instructions on how to care for the affected areas. On top of that, we will ask you to refrain from strenuous activities for two weeks. However, you will only be off your feet for about a day.
How Successful is a Phlebectomy of Varicose Veins?
It is VERY successful! The phlebectomy procedure boasts a 90% success rate overall. If you are prone to vein disease, or don’t follow proper preventative steps, your varicose veins can come back. However, they can appear in a different location.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright and The Laser Vein Center to determine if you need a phlebectomy of varicose veins!
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