Microphlebectomy is an outpatient procedure used to remove some large varicose veins. It is sometimes performed alone or with endovenous laser vein ablation.
After numbing the skin with local anesthesia, the physician removes the veins in segments through tiny incisions that, once healed, leave small scars that are barely visible in most cases.
Before the procedure
Fill any pre- or post-procedure medication prescriptions you may have received. Be sure to get your compression stockings and bring them with you on the day of your procedure. You can find compression stockings at a medical supply store, or we can often fill your stocking prescription. Please plan ahead and get your stockings well in advance as the correct size may need to be ordered for you. Try on your stockings prior to your procedure to be sure they fit—although they will be very snug, they should be long enough that they come to the very top of your leg (to your groin).
Unless told otherwise, you may eat, drink, and take all normal medications prior to your procedure. However, avoid caffeine and try to be well hydrated on the day of your procedure.
If you are taking any anticoagulant medication please discuss this with your physician as you may need to stop taking this medication prior to your procedure.
The pre-procedure medications can sometimes make people sleepy so we advise that you make arrangements to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
After the procedure
In the first 24 hours after the procedure most people rest and relax. However complete bed rest is not necessary or encouraged.
Take all post-procedure medications as prescribed, even if you do not have pain.
Try to elevate your legs when you are sitting for the first 24 to 48 hours after your procedure, but you can otherwise carry on with all daily activities with a few exceptions:
No tub baths, swimming, or soaking in water for two weeks after the procedure to prevent infection. You may take a shower.
One week post procedure you will return for a follow-up appointment at which time an ultrasound will be performed to confirm procedure efficacy.
Remember, you can wear the stockings too little, but not too much.
- Week one: Wear the stockings around the clock. Remove once daily to shower and then resume wearing the stockings.
- Week two and three: Wear the stockings during the day and in the evening, removing only when you are sleeping.
Leave all dressings and compression stockings on for 24 hours after your procedure. You then can remove everything with the exception of the steri-strips, and shower. Steri-strips are white or brown and are placed directly on the skin, under the bulky white dressings. Leave the steri-strips on for up to seven days or until they fall off. After you have completely dried your leg, resume wearing the compression stockings.
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