If you develop large varicose veins, you may experience upsetting emotional and physical issues. Your damaged veins could cause your legs to become swollen. In addition, these weakened veins change the appearance of your skin and can cause you to feel unhappy about how you look. At North Texas Fibroids in Flower Mound, Dallas, and Cedar Hill, Texas, we can correct this problem with a phlebectomy procedure.
What Is a Phlebectomy Procedure?
A phlebectomy procedure is a specialized technique that can be used to eliminate weakened veins from your body. If you have very large varicose veins, we may advise you to use this method to treat this problem.
Beginning Your Procedure
It will usually take us about 60 minutes to complete this vein procedure. During your procedure, we will make markings on your weakened blood vessels. Next, we will use local anesthesia to numb this part of your body. We will use diluted lidocaine to accomplish this goal.
Eliminating Your Weakened Veins
After your tissues have become numb, we will use a scalpel to make very small incisions in your body. These incisions will be about two millimeters wide. We will use these tiny incisions to put a small hook into your body. This hook will allow us to take out your varicose veins. After we have eliminated these veins, we will cover your target area with bandages.
Improving Your Appearance
After we have pulled out your varicose veins, your blood will start flowing through the undamaged vessels in your body. In addition to relieving your negative symptoms, this treatment will improve the appearance of your legs.
Recovering From Your Procedure
This minimally invasive procedure will have a short recovery period. You will usually be able to resume your normal routine once we have finished treating your varicose veins. Your incisions are likely to heal within 14 days.
Although you probably won’t have to miss work, you will need to wear compression stockings after your procedure is complete. You will usually wear your special compression stockings for about seven days.
Will This Procedure Permanently Fix My Vein Issues?
This medical procedure is a very effective way to permanently remove some of the damaged veins on your legs. However, we cannot prevent your body from creating varicose or spider veins in the future.
If you experience additional vein issues after you receive this procedure, we may be able to fix your problem by providing you with another phlebectomy. Alternatively, we may advise you to use other vein treatments and procedures to correct your problems.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Type of Vein Procedure?
You’ll need to have an initial meeting with one of our healthcare professionals before we use this technique to improve the varicose veins in your legs. We will carefully examine your veins and discuss any negative symptoms that you are experiencing. The procedure or treatment that we recommend will depend on the severity of your vein issues.
If you have bulging varicose veins on your legs, you are likely to benefit from using a phlebectomy to fix this problem. If your vein issues are less severe, we are likely to advise you to use other methods to correct your vascular problems. For example, if you have smaller varicose veins on your legs, we may advise you to receive sclerotherapy treatments.
Will This Procedure Work for Men?
Although women have a higher risk of developing varicose veins, men can also suffer from this issue. Like women, men will become increasingly likely to experience vein problems as they age. In fact, a significant percentage of the people who develop varicose veins are men. Fortunately, our vein removal procedure works for men and women.
If you are a man who has painful varicose veins on your legs, you shouldn’t let this condition decrease your quality of life. Removing these damaged vessels will improve your physical wellbeing and increase your confidence.
Can I Use Other Techniques To Treat My Damaged Veins?
We offer a wide variety of vein treatments and procedures at North Texas Fibroids. We can use these methods to improve your varicose veins, spider veins, and other vascular problems.
Non-Invasive Vein Treatments
We may advise you to begin your treatment by using non-invasive methods to improve your circulation and strengthen your body. In particular, we may instruct you to wear support stockings on your legs. We may also instruct you to strengthen your vascular system by maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly.
We can use laser energy to fix your varicose veins. During your appointment, we will put a small laser fiber into your varicose veins. We will use this fiber to send concentrated light energy into your unhealthy veins. This light energy will close up your damaged veins. When your unhealthy veins close, your body will begin to send blood through your stronger veins.
Your laser appointment may take up to two hours to complete. Once we have sent laser energy into your varicose veins, you will be able to return to your house or apartment. Although you will usually be able to go back to your scheduled activities within about 24 hours, you will probably need to avoid very challenging physical activities for two weeks. You also should not stand for prolonged periods during this time.
In addition to sending laser energy into your veins, we can use the VenaSeal Closure System to fix your vascular problems. We will use a sophisticated ultrasound device to move VenaSeal adhesive material into your varicose veins. We will use this special material to seal your damaged blood vessels. After we have sealed your damaged veins, your body will gradually absorb these blood vessels.
This treatment can be a good way to enhance your appearance and decrease the physical problems that are associated with your vein issues. Since this technique is minimally invasive, you will not have any downtime after we have finished sealing your varicose veins.
Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is an advanced technique that can improve the condition of larger varicose veins. We will use ultrasound technology to visualize your damaged veins. As we examine our images of your varicose veins, we will inject a special type of foam into your weakened blood vessels. This foam will cause the lining of your veins to become irritated.
This technique can be an excellent way to treat large varicose veins that are located in the deeper tissues in your leg. Although these veins may not be visible through the surface of your skin, they can cause you to experience swelling and other problems. If you have a significant number of varicose veins in your legs, we may advise you to use this type of sclerotherapy in connection with a phlebectomy procedure.
Radiofrequency Ablation Procedures
During a radiofrequency ablation procedure, we will use heat to close up your varicose veins. We will start by using an ultrasound machine to obtain detailed images of your target area. Next, we will clean your skin and place a special drape over your leg. After we have used a local anesthetic to numb your skin, we will make a small incision in your skin and insert a sheath and small catheter into your vein.
We will use lidocaine to numb the tissues around your damaged vein. Next, we will use the catheter to send radiofrequency energy into your varicose vein. After we remove our catheter and sheath, we will put a bandage over your incision.
Will My Health Insurance Pay for Me to Fix My Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins can cause you to develop mobility challenges, uncomfortable physical sensations, and other health issues. As a result, many insurance plans will pay for the cost of your vein removal. That said, you should contact your insurance provider before you start your procedure or treatment. Your provider will be able to tell you more information about your insurance benefits.
You can also use a healthcare credit card called CareCredit to cover the cost of your vein procedure. This credit card may allow you to spread out your payments over a long period of time.
How Can I Reduce My Risk of Developing Vein Problems in the Future?
There are a number of easy lifestyle changes that will decrease your chance of developing additional varicose veins and other vascular problems.
Move Your Body
Following a regular exercise routine will improve the circulation in your legs. If you cannot engage in rigorous exercise, don’t worry. Instead of running marathons or lifting heavy weights, you can follow a moderate exercise program. For example, you could decide to go on short walks a couple of times each week. These walks will strengthen your legs and decrease your likelihood of developing vein problems.
Avoid Sitting or Standing for Long Periods
Sitting at your computer for long periods of time will increase your chance of experiencing vein problems. Standing for long periods can also damage your veins and cause blood to pool in your legs.
To enhance your circulation, you should take frequent breaks from working at the computer. During these breaks, you can get up and take a short walk. If you are standing for long periods, you should try to shift your weight between your legs.
Reconsider Your Shoes and Clothing
Wearing high heels can harm your blood flow and damage your veins. If you would like to avoid this issue, you should try to wear low heels and flats. In addition, you should not wear tight clothing that grips your legs and waist. Wearing compression stockings can also improve your blood flow and reduce swelling issues.
Improve Your Diet
Your diet can affect the health of your veins. To avoid putting extra stress onto your blood vessels, you should try to avoid eating too much salt and processed sugar. You should also try to eat higher amounts of fiber, fresh fruits, and foods or supplements that contain vitamin E. Changing your diet can improve your vascular system by reducing your risk of developing blood clots and improving your digestive health.
Fix Your Veins
Varicose veins will damage the appearance of the skin on your legs. In addition, these weakened blood vessels can cause you to experience swelling problems and other uncomfortable physical sensations. Receiving a phlebectomy procedure is an excellent way to eliminate these damaged vessels from your body. To learn more about this vein removal technique, contact us at North Texas Fibroids in Flower Mound, Dallas, and Cedar Hill, Texas.