What is Minimally Invasive Vein Surgery?
Surgery may be the treatment of choice for larger varicose veins that do not respond well to other options. Our goal with minimally invasive surgery, or phlebectomy, is to remove varicosities to achieve the best cosmetic results with minimal scarring and to relieve symptoms of pain or swelling that often accompany varicose veins.
This surgery is performed in our office and under local anesthesia, so there is little down time and patients are able to return home shortly after.
Prior to the procedure, anesthesia is applied to the affected areas, and then a tiny instrument is threaded through a small puncture in order to remove the damaged veins. The veins are gently pulled through the puncture, and then blood flow is automatically rerouted through healthier ones.
No stitches are required and the puncture areas are hardly visible making this an ideal option for patients wanting to achieve both excellent therapeutic and cosmetic results.
Am I a good candidate for minimally invasive vein surgery?
Surgery is typically reserved for those with very large varicose veins who have not had success initially with other therapies. Varicose veins best treated with surgery are usually extremely enlarged and bulging causing frequent discomfort and pain to the legs.
What are the risks or side effects of minimally invasive vein surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery for varicose veins is very safe compared to traditional or previous phlebectomy procedures. There is virtually no scarring, and patients are typically thrilled with the aesthetically pleasing results. Following your procedure, our team will work with you closely on follow-up care to ensure that your puncture areas are healing properly.
What does recovery look like with minimally invasive vein surgery?
Once the procedure is complete, a compression wrap will be placed on your leg, and you will be able to walk and return home immediately. Most patients experience minimal to no pain and can resume normal activities within 24 hours. However, sitting or standing for long periods of time, as well as working out, swimming, heavy lifting, and intense exercise should be avoided for approximately a week. We highly encourage walking as much as you like.
Your board-certified vascular surgeon will advise you about how long to wear compression stockings and any other directions necessary to promote healing.
Our patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery feel more confident about the appearance of their legs and are relieved to be free of painful varicose vein symptoms.
Please contact us at VeinSolutions in Austin and Georgetown to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified vascular surgeons who will help determine if this treatment or another minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure is right for you.