Phlebectomy of Varicose Veins : An Unconventional Therapy

Veins refer to the blood vessels which return the deoxygenated blood from different parts of the body back to lungs and heart. If the veins become abnormally enlarged, thick or full of turns and twists; they are known as varicose veins. These veins become enlarged and swollen. They also become dark purple or blue in color. Varicose veins are extremely common. In general, women are more affected by this condition as compared to men.

Phlebectomy describes a minimally invasive technique utilized for removal of varicose veins. The procedure facilitates in removing large surface veins and could be carried out in combination with endovenous laser ablation or any other therapy. Local anesthesia is administered to the patient before conducting the procedure. During the procedure, small incisions or punctures having a diameter of 1mm are made in the body. Further, the varicose veins are extracted through these incisions. Since the incisions are of extremely small size, stitches are not required.

Unlike conventional therapies such as stripping and vein ligation, phlebectomy could be accomplished inside a doctor’s clinic. The doctor uses a phlebectomy hook for extracting the varicose veins. After the procedure, a compression bandage needs to be worn for a period of 15 days. The application of bandage enables in minimizing the discomfort and swelling. Moreover, it also allows proper healing of the area where an incision has been made.

Despite its long-term benefits, the procedure involves the temporary risk of skin pigmentation.



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