As we get older, women especially may start to suffer from varicose veins. These are veins, typically in the legs, that become swollen and twisted due to a number of different factors. In addition to causing aesthetic issues, varicose veins can also be uncomfortable and may cause medical concerns. There are a number of different treatments available for varicose veins, and phlebectomy is one non-surgical option.
Our educated staff at Commonwealth Vein Center offers phlebectomy for varicose veins in addition to many other treatments and procedures. We are conveniently located in Colonial Heights, so if you are interested in phlebectomy, feel free to contact us today to schedule your consultation!
What Causes Varicose Veins?
We know that women are affected by varicose veins more than men, but why? Varicose veins form due to a malfunctioning valve that causes the blood to flow backward in the vein. The blood then pools, which causes the vein to twist and swell, and it causes the blue or purple color as well.
There is one theory that female hormones relax the vein walls, which is what causes the malfunctioning valve. This means that if you are pregnant, going through menopause, or taking birth control, you are at a higher risk for developing varicose veins. Older individuals tend to be more at risk, as well as individuals who are overweight.
What is Phlebectomy?
This procedure is done in-office, and generally only local anesthetic is necessary. The doctor will make tiny incisions near the problem veins. Then they will use a hook-like device to carefully remove the varicose veins. The incisions are so small that you won’t need stitches.
Phlebectomy on its own is not always effective, but it can be safely combined with other vein treatments to enhance the results. For example, we may recommend combining a phlebectomy procedure with radiofrequency venous ablation.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Anyone who is dealing with large, visible varicose veins can be considered a good candidate for phlebectomy. You must be in good health and a non-smoker, as smoking can inhibit the body’s natural healing ability. You must also not have any clotting disorders, as this can cause complications.
After the Treatment
After your phlebectomy treatment is complete, we will wrap the incisions and apply a compression garment to help encourage blood flow. Since only a local anesthetic is used, you will be able to immediately leave our office and resume your normal activities after a 24-hour period.
Find out if you are a good candidate for phlebectomy by visiting Commonwealth Vein Center in Colonial Heights. Our knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to discuss this treatment or any of our other treatments with you in further detail. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!