Learning About Microphlebectomy

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What is microphlebectomy?

Microphlebectomy (say "my-kroh-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 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 make you relax or 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.

It usually takes less than 1 hour.

What can you expect after the procedure?

Your doctor may wrap your leg in a compression bandage. You will have to wear compression stockings for a few weeks.

You most likely 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 call line 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.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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Current as of: March 20, 2017