“Phlebectomy” means to remove a vein. “Microphlebectomy” simply means to remove it through a tiny puncture in the skin.

For patients with large, bulging veins, especially those that have been present for a long time, microphlebectomy may be a good treatment option. This is a procedure done in the office under a local anesthetic. The area around the diseased veins is numbed, then tiny punctures are made in the skin along the course of the varicose veins. The veins are removed through those punctures using specialized instruments. No stitches are needed and there is no scarring.

The only activity restriction after microphlebectomy is avoiding extremely heavy lifting for the first few days. Normal light activities and walking can be resumed immediately.