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Phlebectomy

Phlebectomy

Phlebectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure that is used to treat severe cases of venous disease caused by a condition known as venous reflux, in which damaged veins allow blood to flow backward and pool.  It involves the physical removal of a diseased vein in the following manner:

  • The affected veins are mapped using a marker while the patient is in a standing position.
  • The veins to be removed are anesthetized with local anesthesia
  • A series of small punctures are made that follow the course of the marked veins.
  • A tiny crochet-needle like instrument is inserted into the punctures, through which small segments of the veins are gently removed, one at a time.

As a result of this procedure, blood that had been pooling in the affected vein will re-route its course through healthy veins.