Phlebectomy varicose treatment
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.
® 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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