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Learning About Microphlebectomy

What is microphlebectomy?

Phlebectomy (say "fluh-BEK-tuh-mee") is a procedure used to remove varicose veins. These are twisted and enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. The procedure is also called microphlebectomy, ambulatory phlebectomy, or stab avulsion.

How is the procedure done?

The procedure is usually done in your doctor's office. You will get medicine to numb the area.

Your doctor will make several tiny cuts (incisions) in the skin. The varicose veins will be removed through the cuts.

You most likely will not need stitches to close the cuts.

What can you expect after the procedure?

Your doctor may wrap your leg in a bandage. You may also wear compression stockings. Your doctor will tell you how long to wear them.

You can go home the same day. You will probably be able to do your usual activities the next day. You may have a little bruising and numbness.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

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