Watch A Phlebectomy: Varicose Vein Removal

 

microphlebectomy

Microphlebectomy is one treatment option for removing varicose veins on the surface of the legs. It is performed in the office at La Jolla Vein Care using a local anesthetic.  It involves making a tiny puncture/incision and using a tool that resembles a ‘crochet hook’ to remove the varicose veins.  The incision is so small that stitches are not required.   This procedure may take 1 to 2 hours, depending on the extent of the varicose veins.  Return to normal activities after the procedure is possible. Compression stockings are required after treatment.  There are different treatment options to remove varicose veins. It is important to discuss what is best for you with your doctor.

To understand more, watch a video of a microphlebectomy performed at La Jolla Vein Care this week by clicking here: Microphlebectomy

New Foam Treatment of Varicose Veins

In November of 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  approved Varithena,™   a new type of foam treatment for the treatment of patients with incompetent veins and visible varicosities of the great saphenous vein (GSV) system. Varithena is a pharmaceutical-grade, low-nitrogen, polidocanol foam dispensed from a canister device. In two pivotal, placebo-controlled Phase III trials, VANISH-1 and VANISH-2, Varithena achieved a clinically meaningful improvement in the symptoms of superficial venous incompetence and the appearance of visible varicosities and addressed the underlying venous incompetence in the majority of patients treated. Varithena (polidocanol injectable foam) is a sclerosing agent indicated for the treatment of incompetent great saphenous veins, accessory saphenous veins and visible varicosities of the great saphenous vein system above and below the knee.  Varithena improves the symptoms of superficial venous incompetence and the appearance of visible varicosities.  Treatment is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that requires neither tumescent anesthesia nor sedation.  Foam sclerotherapy has been used for years by medical doctors. What is new with Varithena , is that the foam is pre-made with low-nitrogen as opposed to room air, and is dispensed in a proprietary canister.   It is not yet available in doctors offices. Making Foam