Microphlebectomy is a standard procedure that uses tiny incisions to remove varicose veins. The incisions are typically about ¼ of an inch in length, and then an adhesive bandage is placed over each incision. Although this procedure leaves minimal scarring, many patients find it invasive and inconvenient. Dr. Gilvydis at Northern Illinois Vein Clinic in Rockford, IL, offers alternative treatments to Microphlebectomy, including EVLA and sclerotherapy. You can learn more about these treatments by attending a free vein screening.
What is Microphlebectomy?
Microphlebectomy, also called ambulatory phlebectomy, is an outpatient procedure where local anesthesia is used. Patients report feeling little discomfort during the varicose vein removal process and report recovery within several days post-treatment. The appearance of bulging and dark purple veins is minimized after the procedure; however, there may be some minor bruising which typically resolves within a few days. Compression stockings are often worn for 2-3 weeks to help support the healing process, and strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks.
For some, microphlebectomy may seem like the only optimal treatment option available. Thankfully, with today’s innovative technology, there are other non-intrusive and non-disruptive options available to treat varicose veins without the negative side effects of scarring and long-term recovery.
Non-Invasive Varicose Veins Treatments
Due to the intrusive nature of ambulatory phlebectomy, our vein clinic avoids prescribing or administering this treatment. Instead, we offer EVLA and Sclerotherapy.
EVLA, or Endovenous Laser Ablation, remains one of the most popular varicose vein treatment options used by our clinic. This laser therapy is minimally invasive and can be done right in our office. There is no vein stripping, and minimal pain is involved. During the procedure, you may feel a tightness in your legs and may also have some bruising, but you can typically get right back to work the next day. Both of these post-laser side effects should disappear within a few days. You can expect your positive EVLA results to last for approximately five years.
Sclerotherapy is another non-invasive treatment option that is used on larger spider veins or smaller veins that don’t function properly. Discomfort is minimal, and scarring is non-existent. This treatment option involves no vein stripping, and problems often go away after just one session (Sclerotherapy consists of small injections of a liquid agent designed to target varicose veins).
Find a Vein Doctor in Rockford, IL
If your legs are tired routinely, or if you have frequent leg pain due to your veins, contact Northern Illinois Vein Clinic today. We use state-of-the-art technology, allowing us to pinpoint precisely where problematic veins are and to examine blood flow in surrounding veins. After evaluating your veins, we’ll work with you to determine the best treatment option that fits into your busy day.