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Our vein specialists provide expert, minimally invasive surgical treatment to eliminate unsightly or painful varicose veins.

Why choose UPMC in Central Pa. for microphlebectomy?

Our vein specialists are among the most experienced in the region and provide comprehensive varicose vein treatment. Our vein specialists use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to treat varicose veins and deliver outstanding cosmetic results with minimal discomfort and downtime.

What is microphlebectomy?

Microphlebectomy is an outpatient procedure performed to remove varicose veins through small, slit-like incisions in your skin. This minimally invasive treatment does not require sutures or general anesthesia and can easily be performed in your doctor’s office with minimal downtime.

Microphlebectomy is often the recommended treatment for large surface varicose veins that cannot be effectively treated with sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a liquid chemical into your vein to seal it shut, which eventually causes your vein to fade.

Because only the large surface varicose veins are removed, microphlebectomy is less invasive than surgical stripping and results in quicker healing, less pain, and a better cosmetic result. Recovery is more rapid, and a majority of patients do not need to interrupt regular activity after microphlebectomy. Microphlebectomy may be done at the same time as ablation.

What happens during microphlebectomy?

Microphlebectomy is performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis and can be completed in less than an hour. Your doctor will first identify the veins to be treated to ensure precise removal and to help preserve the health of your surrounding veins and tissue. Tiny incisions will be made in the targeted areas, and a surgical hook will be inserted to extract the damaged veins section by section. You shouldn't experience any discomfort during the procedure.

What can I expect after microphlebectomy?

You will be able to walk and return to normal activities immediately after microphlebectomy. However, you should avoid strenuous activities for 1-2 weeks after your procedure. To prevent blood clots, you will wear compression socks or bandages for several days or weeks following the procedure.

How long does it take to recover after microphlebectomy?

You will be able to return to normal activities immediately after microphlebectomy, but you should avoid strenuous activities for 1-2 weeks after your procedure. You should follow your doctor's instructions on how to care for your incisions and wear compression socks or bandages as directed.

Your incisions will not require stitches and will heal on their own. In most people, the incisions are barely visible after 6-12 months. You may experience mild skin pigmentation at the site of the varicose vein, but this usually goes away on its own after a few days.

Need more information?

Call the UPMC in Central Pa. Vein Center at: 717-920-4500

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UPMC Vein Center
2808 Old Post Road
Lower Level
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717-920-4500
Fax: 717-920-4501

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