Varicose veins affect millions of individuals. They can be disfiguring and cause symptoms such as leg pain, heaviness and swelling. The traditional surgical approach involved "stripping" of the greater saphenous vein from groin to ankle. The operation is not without complications, and only partially effective in many cases.
This new exciting procedure for the treatment of varicose veins is offered at MedStar Union Memorial. This minimally invasive procedure called ELVS, which stands for endo luminal vein surgery, has no incisions. Your vascular surgeon will insert a needle into the affected vein and close the weak area of the vein using high frequency doses of light.
MedStar Union Memorial vascular specialists have perfected and performed a much less invasive procedure for the past 15 years. It is called phlebectomy or mini-incisional varicectomy; it consists of the removal of all the prominent varicosities through several tiny (2.0 mm) incisions. It is performed under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation, and on an outpatient basis. Patients can usually resume normal activities within 3-6 days depending on the extent of their varicose vein problem.
What are the advantages of mini-incisional varicectomy?
- Major surgery is avoided
- Preservation of most or all of the saphenous vein — an important blood vessel for possible future heart and/or peripheral vascular procedures.
- Outpatient minimal surgery
- Superior cosmetic results
- Speedy recovery, with return to normal activities within days