Phlebectomy

Phlebectomy is a procedure in which varicose veins are removed using small incisions and an extraction tool called a phlebectomy hook.  The technique involves making very small punctures or incisions in the leg, near the veins.  The varicose veins are then removed through the cuts with the hook. 

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The phlebectomy procedure was developed in Switzerland in the 1950s by a dermatologist named Robert Muller.  Muller was put off by the unsightly scarring that was being left by his contemporaries in their efforts to combat varicose veins.  He embarked on a mission to develop a minimally invasive procedure that could be performed quickly and leave little long-term scarring.  He came up with ambulatory phlebectomy, an alternative to sclerotherapy (in which an injection is used to dissipate the affected veins).

One of the major benefits of phlebectomy as a treatment is that recovery can be so fast.  Most of the times, this is an outpatient procedure.  Some postoperative pain is to be expected (small cuts are still cuts, after all), and compression socks should be worn for several weeks afterward to aid in the rehabilitation process.  Still, though, most patients are able to resume their normal day-to-day activities within a day or two of the procedure.

There is also minimal scarring left after such an operation, which makes it attractive to those seeking to remove varicose veins due to their unsightly appearance.  Because of the nature of the incisions, sutures are not needed and the after effects are nearly invisible on the skin.  This is just another benefit to patients of the removal.

As it is a surgical procedure, of course, there is always the risk of complications.  Inflammation, infection, bruising or other problems may arise, though they are rare in the case of this procedure.  Any patient experiencing complications after a phlebectomy should speak with their doctor about the issues.

At the Vein & Vascular Center in Jackson, TN, we specialize in providing the most up-to-date, professional vascular care. Our office is located at 395 Hospital Blvd, Jackson , TN.  Call us at 731-664-7395, or find us on the web at www.vvcjackson.com where you can learn more about our team and services.