Micro-Phlebectomy From A Houston Vein Doctor
For those suffering from varicose veins, the problem often originates in the saphenous vein, a long superficial vein that runs from the ankle to the groin. Smaller tributary veins empty blood into the saphenous vein, which carries blood to the deep veins, and ultimately back to the heart. When the valves of the saphenous vein aren’t functioning, blood is not efficiently moved into the deep veins. This causes blood to stagnate in the saphenous vein, and thus backup into the tributary veins causing them to become varicose veins.
During the initial evaluation of the leg veins, a venous duplex ultrasound is performed. It is at this time Dr. Bardwil will determine if the saphenous vein needs to be treated. Usually, varicose veins are a result of the saphenous vein not functioning properly. If this is the case, the saphenous vein is addressed first. After the saphenous vein has been treated, the varicose veins will shrink, and further treatment may not be required. If any residual veins are present following treatment of the saphenous vein, they can be treated with micro-phlebectomy. If during the intial exam it is determined that the saphenous vein is normal, the varicose veins can be treated by going directly to a micro-phlebectomy – leaving the saphenous vein alone.
Developed in Europe, micro-phlebectomy also known as ambulatory phlebectomy, is an advanced method of eliminating medium to large sized varicose veins. Performed under local anesthesia in the doctor’s office, using special instruments, the veins are gently removed, in small segments, through tiny skin openings about 2-3 mm in size. The incisions are small enough not to require sutures and are closed with butterfly strips. Dr. Bardwil actually developed his own specific instruments to remove the varicose veins. The instruments bear his name, and are used by many physicians around the country, and even overseas.
At the completion of the procedure, a bandage is placed on the leg. There is usually little discomfort afterwards and most patients can return to work and normal activity the same day. The patient usually return to the doctor’s office a day or two after the procedure to have their leg checked, and are advised to wear support stockings for 1-2 weeks after the procedure. The results are quick and cosmetically pleasing.
Texas Vein & Cosmetic Specialists is devoted exclusively to the treatment of venous disorders. While many clinics offer one modality, we offer the full range of methods to treat veins, because we are a dedicated vein center. All evaluations and procedures are performed by Dr. Bardwil – an experienced board certified vascular surgeon – not a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner.
Call today to better determine your best treatment options. Your initial evaluation and treatment is usually covered by insurance.