What is a phlebectomy?

Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that is recommended for individuals seeking the best cosmetic results possible for varicose veins and reticular veins. Although patients do get symptom relief from other treatment methods such as laser ablation, some find that the varicose veins and reticular veins do not completely disappear. As a result, phlebectomy of varicose veins and reticular veins is often the best option to remove varicose veins.

How is phlebectomy performed?

The procedure begins by first marking the veins with a pen while the patient is in standing position. A local anesthetic known as tumescent is then used to numb the affected area before very small incisions are made in order to fully remove the affected vein and or veins. Thankfully veins are easily collapsible meaning that even very large ones can be removed through a tiny incision. Please keep in mind that while this procedure may sound invasive, the incisions are so insignificant that stitches are not necessary.

Usually, this process can be performed in under an hour, however, depending on the severity of the effected areas it can take longer. After the procedure, your legs will be wrapped with a snug yet, comfortable compression wrap which can be removed the next day. Just one day after the procedure you are fully capable of resuming your usual routine though strenuous activities should be slowly reintroduced.


Benefits of phlebectomy:

  • Short treatment
  • Under one hour
  • Removes varicose veins for good
  • Removes reticular veins
  • No stitches

Symptoms of varicose veins:

  • Burning in the legs
  • Itching in the legs
  • Restless legs
  • Moderate to high pain in the legs

What are reticular veins?

Reticular veins are small feeder veins that deliver blood to surface veins that result in spider veins. In order to remove the supply of blood to spider veins, it’s best to treat these feeder veins first. Once these reticular veins are closed off, the spider veins will disappear.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are the large, rooted, and bumpy veins we see mainly within the legs. These veins are superficial veins that have been overcome with high volumes of blood, more than they are meant to hold. The veins stretch out and bulge to accommodate the new blood overload and become varicose.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of varicose veins, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wong of Windward Vein today. There’s no reason to live with pain and discomfort in your legs.

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