Although twisted, bulging varicose veins underneath the skin have been traditionally removed with extensive procedures, we offer minimally-invasive procedures such as phlebectomy at The Vein Center.
Located in Fort Myers, Florida, The Vein Center is led by Dr. Eliot Hoffman. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a candidate for a phlebectomy to safely and gently remove your visible varicose veins.
What is a Phlebectomy?
For medium or large varicose veins, common procedures such as sclerotherapy may not be effective. In these cases, a phlebectomy may be suggested for the immediate removal of the affected vein. Although this procedure requires some surgical instruments and a small incision, it is minimally disruptive to your normal activities and requires little to no downtime.
During a typical phlebectomy procedure, a small point of entry is made in the skin. This tiny incision usually does not require sutures and results in no visible scarring. The targeted vein is then gently manipulated out of the incision using sterile surgical instruments. Patients are made comfortable during this procedure, and there is no extensive trauma to the skin or tissues.
What are the Benefits of Having a Phlebectomy?
This advanced procedure offers multiple advantages to patients, including:
- Quick treatment time – usually between 30 minutes and one hour
- Tiny incisions no larger than a pencil eraser that require no aftercare
- Immediate results and relief of symptoms
- Improved blood flow from the legs back to the heart
Are There Any Side Effects?
As this procedure is minimally invasive, patients are typically able to return to normal activities immediately. More strenuous activities may need to be postponed for a few weeks. Minor bruising and soreness are common after a phlebectomy but should subside shortly after treatment. During your consultation, several factors will be assessed such as your overall health and medical history in order to determine if a phlebectomy procedure is right for you.
After the procedure, patients may be advised to adopt a daily walking regimen or to wear compression hose in order to facilitate good blood circulation. While it is difficult to completely prevent varicose veins from redeveloping in the future, having dysfunctional veins removed and making small changes to improve your circulation can significantly reduce your risk.
Contact The Vein Center today to schedule a consultation and find out if you are a candidate for a phlebectomy procedure to remove visible, bulging varicose veins from underneath the skin.