Vein Doc Mohammed Islam- How Effective is Phlebectomy in Treating Varicose Veins?
The varicose vein is a venous condition that affects more than 30 million adults in the country. Since most people don’t experience varicose veins symptoms, only a small percentage of the affected people seek treatment for the condition. Varicose veins affect more women than men due to the changes in hormonal levels that mostly occur during pregnancy, menopause, or menstruation. Changes in hormone levels cause vein walls to relax, leading to the malfunctioning of the valves.
Varicose veins usually appear as enlarged and bulging veins which can be seen under the skin surface. The affected veins running under the skin are either purple or blue twisted knot-like cords. Varicose veins occur due to venous reflux or venous insufficiency, where blood stagnates in the veins rather than return to the heart for pumping. Varicose veins are different from spider veins.
Varicose veins usually affect the larger veins while spider veins affect the smaller veins. Both varicose veins and spider veins may not show symptoms, but they can become symptomatic if they are left untreated. Patients with symptomatic varicose veins may experience swelling, throbbing, pain, heaviness, wounds, fatigue, and skin discoloration.
Spider veins and varicose veins can be treated using various non-invasive treatment approaches such as sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and endovenous ablation. These treatment approaches can help to address varicose veins symptoms such as pain, itching, and any other form of discomfort. Some patients prefer phlebectomy because it is a safe, minimally invasive, and effective way of addressing varicose veins and spider veins.
Is varicose vein phlebectomy right for you?
If you experience pain, aching, swelling, throbbing, heaviness, and other varicose vein symptoms and wish to avoid surgery, you may consider varicose vein phlebectomy. A vein doctor at Metro Vein Centers will work with you to determine the treatment option for varicose veins that will work for you.
Preparing for phlebectomy of varicose veins
A vein doctor uses a small needle or scalpel to remove the affected veins that lie just beneath the skin. The doctor uses a scalpel to make a tiny incision near the affected vein and then eliminates the vein using a phlebectomy hook. The procedure is done in an outpatient setting using local anesthesia. It usually takes a vein doctor less than one hour to finish the procedure.
What to expect during and after phlebectomy of varicose veins?
According to Dr. Mohammed Islam of Metro Vein Centers, patients rarely complain of pain during the phlebectomy procedure. The area being worked on is usually under local anesthesia, and the incisions made on the skin are so small that no stitches are needed to close them. The doctor will apply a small dressing to cover the incisions.
After a phlebectomy procedure, the doctor will wrap your leg with a comfortable compression wrap. You will also need to wear compressions stockings for about three weeks after the procedure. Patients can resume their normal activities within a day as long as they wear compression stockings.
Where to get treatment
If your varicose veins have become symptomatic, you may consider visiting a vein doc at Metro Vein Centers to learn about the available treatment options. Metro Vein Centers are among the leading vein clinics using the latest technology to treat various venous conditions. The clinic was opened in 2006, and they specialize in treating spider veins and varicose veins using non-invasive techniques.
Dr. Mohammed Islam, a board-certified Vascular Surgeon, has more than 25 years’ worth experience in treating endovascular, vascular, and endovenous conditions. Dr. Mohammed has served in various institutions, including Baylor College of Medicine, Arizona Heart Institute, and Indiana Regional Medical Center. He currently serves at a Metro Vein Centers clinic in White Plains, New York.