Phlebectomy: What You Need to Know About This Varicose Vein Treatment
Varicose veins are a very common condition that is estimated to affect one in every 4 women and one in every six men globally. With this condition being so widespread, we have all seen someone affected by this condition. Typically, it is not a serious or threatening condition. However, it can be indicative of more serious underlying conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis. There are a number of treatments available, depending on the severity of the condition and the health status of the patient. One such treatment type is known as a phlebectomy.
Before we look at a phlebectomy and what this procedure entails, let’s take a closer look at varicose veins to understand what is required of the treatment.
Varicose veins are visible as small spider-like blue or purple veins just under the skin. They twist and turn, and can even be raised or appear swollen. This condition is the result of abnormal dilations of the veins, which usually occur when the vein wlaa, and specifically the valves in the vein falter and become weak.
While usually not life threatening, this condition is unsightly and can be accompanied by some annoying and disruptive symptoms, such as swelling, itchiness, cramping pain, inflammation of the superficial veins and eczema around the ankles, to name a few. These are often the reasons why patients seek treatment.
Now, as mentioned, there are a number of ways to treat varicose veins – some more invasive than others – depending on the severity of the condition and the health of the patient. A phlebectomy is often the treatment of choice when having to deal with a particularly thickened and prominent varicose vein.
How does a phlebectomy work?
First of all, it is important to note that, while it technically is a form of surgery, this procedure is minimally invasive. Using a small scalpel or needle, a tiny skin prick no bigger than an injection puncture is made. The vein is then lifted through this incision using ultra-fine instruments, and tied off.
The benefits of a phlebectomy
- Minimal bruising
- Very little if any post-op pain or discomfort
If you are suffering symptoms related to varicose veins, contact The Gibson Vein Practice to find out whether a phlebectomy would be the right solution for you, or if any of the other forms of treatment is perhaps more suitable. Dr Stewart Gibson specialises in the advanced treatment of varicose veins, and has administered more than 20 000 successful treatments during his career to date.