Patients who suffer from varicose veins understand the distress and discomfort they can cause, both emotionally and physically. Embarrassment over the unsightliness of the purple and tangled veins that are visible to others and fears that these veins could be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical condition can add to the anxiety. Early diagnosis of varicose veins can lead to positive outcomes, and 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 in St. Louis, he will conduct a thorough examination of your varicose veins and then sit down with you to discuss your options, answer your questions, and address your concerns about the treatment plan he thinks will work best for you. One of those treatment options may be a phlebectomy procedure, which 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, your only option was vein stripping, a potentially dangerous procedure that involved a large incision, general anesthesia, and a hospital stay. Recovery time was an extended and painful process, and the risk of complications was high, as any surgery can lead to infection or complications from the anesthesia.
Fortunately, thanks to technological advances in medical procedures, while vein stripping may still be used at times, we have come up with other procedures that are safer and performed on an outpatient basis. Vein phlebectomy involves making small incisions near the affected veins, and then using a phlebectomy hook to reach in pull out the tangled veins. This procedure is minimally invasive and is performed with a local anesthetic in your doctor’s office.
Will There Be Scarring or Pain?
During the procedure, you won’t feel pain, as the anesthetic numbs the area, and because the incisions are so small no stitches are needed, any scarring will be minimal. After the procedure, you will be given complete instructions on how to care for the affected areas and asked to refrain from strenuous activities for two weeks, but you will only be off your feet for about a day.
How Successful is a Phlebectomy of Varicose Veins?
The short answer is VERY. 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, if only in a different location.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright and The Laser Vein Center today to determine if phlebectomy of varicose veins is right for you!
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