Microphlebectomy for the Feet and Ankles
At Beach Aesthetics Vein and Laser Center, Dr. Mark Rayman performs microphlebectomies for the feet and ankles. Enlarged veins in the ankles and the feet can cause a constant throb that is uncomfortable and painful. Apart from this dull pain, enlarged veins can make a person feel self-conscious and embarrassed. A microphlebectomy can get rid of these prominent varicose veins.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are twisted bluish veins that appear swollen because of the excess blood that has pooled inside them. This is a sign that the valves in the veins are not working properly.
Varicose veins commonly form in the legs and feet. Symptoms of varicose veins include a dull aching along the ankle, swollen ankles, itching, pain, and skin discoloration. Pregnant women and overweight people are at a higher risk of developing varicose veins.
Varicose veins are best treated sooner rather than later. If left untreated, there is a chance that the condition may become exacerbated, resulting in varicose ulcers. There are several ways of getting rid of varicose veins, including the microphlebectomy procedure.
What Is a Microphlebectomy?
In the past, surgical treatment of varicose veins was highly invasive. There are now new treatment options that are as effective as surgery but with minimal downtime. One such treatment option is microphlebectomy, where medium or large varicose veins are removed through tiny incisions.
Microphlebectomy is performed as a complementary procedure to radio frequency ablation (RFA) or endovenous laser treatment (EVLT). The procedure not only successfully alleviates ankle discomfort but also improves the appearance of the leg.
Preparing for a Microphlebectomy
The first step in preparation for a microphlebectomy is a consultation. During this consultation, Dr. Rayman will determine whether a microphlebectomy is the ideal treatment option for the patient.
The patient’s feet and ankles will be examined. Their complete medical history will be reviewed, including current medications, past treatments, and allergies.
There are no strict do’s and don’ts during the preparation phase. An important aspect of preparing for the procedure is to have recovery items handy. Purchase items such as compression stockings in advance.
What Is a Microphlebectomy Like?
A microphlebectomy typically takes an hour or less. The procedure begins with topical sterilization of the area. A local anesthetic is administered to the region to make it numb.
Small incisions are then made. A specialized instrument with a hook at one end is inserted through the incisions to carefully remove the varicose veins. In most cases, the incisions are closed with adhesive tape; no stitches are needed.
Recovery After a Microphlebectomy
Swelling and bruising around the incision site is expected after a microphlebectomy. Specific recovery instructions will be provided to help avoid complications. Compression socks must be worn for a couple of weeks after the procedure.
Recovery time after a microphlebectomy is as short as 24 hours. After this, the patient can resume their normal routine. Strenuous exercises should be avoided for a minimum of two weeks.
Arrange a Consultation
To make an appointment for a consultation at Beach Aesthetics Vein and Laser Center, contact us today. Our skilled professionals will be available to tell you more about the many benefits of microphlebectomy.