Microphlebectomy treatment for Varicose Veins

The appearance of varicose veins and spider veins is caused by a backflow of blood that has caused swelling. The backflow of blood causes blue or red lines to appear on the legs, and swelling and weakening of the veins creates the rope appearance that occurs with varicose veins.

While spider veins and smaller varicose veins may be treated with sclerotherapy, a procedure available at Atlanta-based Vein Center of Northwest Georgia that involves injecting a solution into the veins to cause irritation and blood clotting, larger varicose veins may require surgical varicose vein removal options such as a phlebectomy.

What Is a Microphlebectomy?

During an ambulatory phlebectomy, or microphlebectomy, small sections of the affected veins are removed through tiny incisions. Blood in the remaining portions of the vein will then clot and the vein will seal off, causing the blood in the legs to be rerouted to healthier veins in the immediate area. Once these veins are sealed off and no longer part of the functioning circulatory system, they should fade into invisible or barely visible scar tissue.

Is a Microphlebectomy the Right Varicose Vein Treatment for You?

An ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that can be performed on veins that are close to the surface but too large for sclerotherapy. It is minimally invasive and requires only local anesthesia. The varicose vein removal only takes about 30 to 45 minutes on average and requires almost no recovery time. You may be asked to use compression stockings and avoid physically demanding activities for a week after your procedure.

Although you may experience some bruising during the procedure, these bruises should fade fairly quickly. Most patients notice an immediate improvement in the appearance of varicose veins after a phlebectomy, with results improving further over time.

Microphlebectomy is just one of many vein removal treatments offered by Dr. John T. Perry to patients in the Cartersville, Acworth, and Woodstock area. A varicose vein specialist can help you determine if a phlebectomy is the best option for you, or if you should consider more conservative vein treatments.

Is Varicose Vein Removal Covered by Insurance?

In most cases, varicose vein removal is considered a cosmetic procedure and is therefore not covered by most health insurance plans. However, some insurance companies may cover a portion of varicose vein treatment if the swollen veins are compromising your health or well-being in a medical way. Your insurance representative and your doctor can help you determine if varicose vein removal is covered by your plan. We encourage you to contact us today to find out more information.