Vein Care - PhlebectomyView Gallery
Large ropey veins just under the skin are usually best treated by phlebectomy. After anesthetizing the area, a tiny incision (needle hole) is made in the skin through which a vein hook (similar to a knitting or crochet needle) is used to actually remove the vein in question. This could involve as many as 20 tiny punctures, but these do not require sutures and are closed with small pieces of steristrip. If you have multiple phlebectomies, you may be asked to limit activity and elevate the treated leg for the day of the procedure only. Cosmetic results from phlebectomy are excellent.