Microphlebectomy for Varicose Veins
Available In Pittsburgh, PA
What is Microphlebectomy for Varicose Veins?
Microphlebectomy varicose vein treatment is performed when varicose veins near the surface of the skin are too large to treat with sclerotherapy or are too small to correct with laser surgery vein treatments.
The benefits of Microphlebectomy treatments include:
- In-office treatment for superficial varicose veins
- Performed under local anesthesia
- Minimally invasive treatment
- No stitches
- Little to no scarring
- No downtime
In Pittsburgh, Microphlebectomy treatments are performed in our state-licensed, AAAHC-accredited surgery center by Carol A. White, MD. Dr. Carol White brings over seven years of vein health experience to Total Vein Care at The Skin Center. Board certified in her speciality, Dr. White has proudly performed over 3000 vein procedures.
Microphlebectomy vein treatment, sometimes referred to as an ambulatory phlebectomy, is a minimally invasive way to remove damaged superficial varicose veins. During the vein treatment, tiny micro-punctures are made to allow for the gentle extraction of varicose veins and larger reticular veins using a microphlebectomy instrument, which resembles a small hook. Incisions are often so small that no sutures are necessary.
Microphlebectomy offers excellent results alone or in conjunction with varicose vein laser surgery or sclerotherapy
Recovery from Microphlebectomy Treatment
Following Microphlebectomy treatment, patients may experience:
- Tenderness at the extraction site
- Mild bruising
- Minor swelling
It is recommended that for the first 24-hours following Microphlebectomy:
- Legs should be elevated on and off
- Exercise is avoided
- Compression stockings are worn
After the first 24 hours, mild exercise can resume, however heavy lifting and vigorous exercise should be avoided for one or two weeks. It is recommended that the compression stockings be worn for at least two more weeks or longer, depending on the severity of the vein disorder.
Microphlebectomy and Insurance Coverage
Most insurance companies either fully or partially cover the costs associated with varicose vein treatments based on medical necessity. At the time of consultation, the prescribed treatment, associated costs and payment arrangements including insurance coverage will be discussed in detail. The following is a list of primary insurances accepted at The Skin Center Medical Spa for vein treatment:
- Medical Mutual
- Health America
- United Health Care
Are the results from Microphlebectomy treatment permanent*?
Microphlebectomy is considered a lasting varicose vein treatment, inasmuch as the varicose vein is being removed. However, Microphlebectomy does not prevent other varicose veins from developing. Therefore, additional treatments may be necessary if more veins appear.
Are there are any risks associated with Microphlebectomy treatments?
As with any medical procedure, there can be associated risks. However, typically Microphlebectomy treatments are well tolerated. Minor complications may include: Bruising, Swelling, Scarring, and Injection site infection. A comprehensive vein evaluation will be performed prior to the microphlebectomy treatment and individual risk factors will be discussed in detail. In Pittsburgh, microphlebectomy treatments are performed by board-certified cardiologist, Dr. Jerome Itzkoff.
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