Phlebectomy or how to get answers on all my questions about varicose veins


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What is phlebectomy?
  • This technique is also called Phlebectomy with Muller hook.
  • This procedure is designed for removing enlarged and unsightly superficial varicose veins.
  • Phlebectomy is an alternative to sclerotherapy.
  • Phlebectomy can be performed as a complementary treatment after laser or radiofrequency ablation, or conventional surgery.
How is phlebectomy performed?
  • Phlebectomy is an in-office procedure.
  • On the day of the procedure, you can have your usual meals and take your medications. You don’t need to be fasting.
  • You don’t need to stop your anticoagulant (PREVISCAN®, SINTROM®, COUMADINE®, XARELTO®, PRADAXA®) or your antiplatelet medication (ASPIRINE®, PLAVIX®, EFIENT®, BRILIQUE®).
  • The treatment consists in doing small incisions of about 1 mm, every 2 to 4 cm, and removing the varicose veins through the incisions with the help of a hook called Muller hook.
  • A local anesthesia using LIDOCAINE® is performed, for maximum comfort.
  • The small incisions are covered and closed by a small dressing called STERISTRIP®. There are no stitches, thus no need to remove stitches.
  • The procedure takes 1 to 2 hours.
What happens next?
  • Most of the time, no sick leave is necessary after a phlebectomy. You can go back home on your own.
  • STERISTRIP® will fall off on their own, when the incisions are healed.
  • For better cosmetic results, sun exposure of the treated areas is not recommended.
  • You can travel if you need to, even by plane.
  • A follow-up consultation will be scheduled 1 month after the procedure.
What could be the risks?
  • The main risks are: incision site infection, nerve damage, persistent bleeding.
  • Some bruising might appear around the incision site: it will progressively disappear within a few weeks.

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