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If you have varicose veins, you know how painful and embarrassing they can be. While generally not a health threat, varicose veins may lead to health complications, including the inability to pump a sufficient amount of blood back to the heart. Varicose veins can also indicate deeper vein problems, including thrombosis and blockages. Microphlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure used when varicose veins are so close to the skin that it is the easier to access them directly using tiny incisions for excellent results.
Varicose veins may be caused by many factors, including weight fluctuations, pregnancy, long periods of sitting or standing, and injury to the legs. Varicose veins can appear under the skin, look blue or purple, and produce symptoms such as itching, heaviness in the legs, and swelling.
Microphlebectomy is performed under local anesthesia. In this procedure, the Interventional Radiologist makes tiny nicks in the skin, and then removes the varicose vein in sections with a tiny hook-like instrument.
During your initial appointment, our staff will provide you with pre-procedure instructions. It is very important that you follow these instructions and take any prescribed medication. Before the procedure, the area will be prepped and you will receive a local anesthetic. The Interventional Radiologist will make tiny incisions in the skin where the varicose veins are visible. The varicose vein will then be removed in sections with a tiny hook-like instrument. The small nicks do not need sutures, and instead are closed with tape. The treated leg is then wrapped in a thin dressing and a compression stocking.
You will receive complete post-procedure instructions before leaving our center. Bruising of the area is normal and should go away within three weeks. You may resume normal activities immediately, and walking is encouraged. Hot baths and strenuous workouts should be avoided for two weeks. Air travel and long car trips should be avoided for three weeks. Compression stockings should be worn for three weeks during the daytime. Follow-up visits are scheduled for one week, and four weeks later.
Before scheduling an appointment, you will need to get a referral from your physician. Once you have a referral, you can schedule an appointment by calling 703.698.4488 Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm or click here to make an online appointment request.