Varicose veins are enlarged and ropy blood vessels in the legs and thighs. They can occur over time from bad luck or prolonged standing. The veins can form small blood clots in the dilations that cause dull and achy pains.
This type of procedure might be right for you if you've ever said:
“I’m embarrassed to show my legs because of my spider veins.”
“They ache and feel heavy all the time.”
“I’m sick of wearing compression socks all the time.”
Spider veins are similar but usually smaller in size with less of a bulging and more web-like appearance. Vein dilation and enlargement can occur over time from bad luck or prolonged standing. The veins can form small blood clots called “phleboliths” in the dilations that cause dull and achy pains.
Varicose vein removal can be performed as an outpatient procedure in the clinic that targets the most bothersome areas. Ongoing compression therapy is recommended after removal to decrease the risk of formation of newly dilated veins. The cause of these dilated veins can be from the deeper veins that aren’t ultimately addressed by phlebectomy, so despite our best efforts you may develop further enlarged veins over time.
The procedure begins with you standing and we discuss which areas are suitable for removal in surgery. The affected areas on the legs are marked and numbing medicine is injected. After all the areas are numb, small poke incisions are then made and the dilated veins are removed through a process called “vein stripping”. The incisions are so small they usually don’t require stitches to close. The legs are wrapped afterward to assist with decreasing swelling and draining. This surgery can be combined with liposuction to address unwanted fat in the legs and thighs or other cosmetic surgeries on the abdomen, torso, and face.