At Cardiac Center of Texas in McKinney, Texas, the team of specialists led by board-certified physicians Muhammad Khan, MD, and Ambreen Ashfaque, MD, provides the most advanced, safest microphlebectomy procedures for patients suffering from varicose veins and spider veins. Microphlebectomy is performed using state-of-the-art techniques to achieve optimal results in a relaxed, caring environment. To learn more about this procedure, call the North Texas office or book online today.

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What is a microphlebectomy?

A microphlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that removes smaller varicose veins through small incisions in the skin. The procedure involves four different steps:

  1. Outlining of marking the veins to be treated
  2. Injecting local anesthesia in the skin
  3. Surgical removal of bulging veins
  4. Wearing a compression stocking for one week

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are diseased veins that no longer circulate blood the way they’re supposed to. They occur when tiny valves inside the blood vessels begin to malfunction. When healthy, these valves help keep blood flowing in the right direction, back toward the heart. But when the valves malfunction, they allow the blood to back up, causing bulging, discoloration, aching, and other symptoms.

Several factors can contribute to the formation of varicose veins, including genetics, older age, weight gain including pregnancy, and female sex. Sitting or standing for long periods of time day after day can also cause them to occur. If you have risk factors, you might want to consider wearing compression stockings. Your provider at Cardiac Center of Texas can help you decide if compression stockings are a good choice for you.

Will removing the vein impair my circulation?

No, neighboring veins will be able to compensate for the diseased vein after it’s removed. Remember, the vein that’s being removed was not circulating blood properly to begin with.

How is a microphlebectomy performed?

Microphlebectomy is performed using local anesthesia, right in the office. The procedure involves a series of tiny incisions made along the length of the vein. Tiny hooked instruments are used to gently reach through the incisions to grab the vein and remove it. The incisions are so small, they rarely need stitches to close them. Instead, a pressure bandage will be applied and you’ll be asked to wear compression stockings during the initial few days of healing.

Will I have a lot of pain after a microphlebectomy?

Pain is minimal, and can typically be controlled with an over-the-counter pain reliever. You might experience some mild discomfort or bruising at the treatment site, but this should only last for a couple of days.

You should avoid any strenuous activity for a week after your microphlebectomy procedure.

The Cardiac Center of Texas often performs microphlebectomy in combination with the Venefit™Procedure (previously known as the VNUS Closure Procedure), which uses radiofrequency energy to collapse problem veins.

To find out more about microphlebectomy and other treatments for varicose and spider veins, call Cardiac Center of Texas today or book an appointment online.