Do you suffer from unsightly, painful varicose veins, and are you ready to ditch the long pants this summer? The medical staff at Tulsa Vein Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma, led by Davin Haraway, DO, is specially trained and can help you get your beautiful, healthy legs back again. Call (918) 701-2020 or go online to request an appointment.

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What is phlebectomy?

Phlebectomy is an in-office procedure used to remove varicose veins close to the skin’s surface. The procedure transpires in three major steps:

Clean and numb treatment area

Dr. Haraway cleanses the treatment area and injects a local anesthetic at the treatment site for patient comfort.

Make small incisions

Dr. Haraway cuts a series of small incisions next to the damaged vein. He uses these as access points.

Insert phlebectomy hook and remove vein

Dr. Harway inserts a phlebectomy hook just below the surface of the skin. Using this tool, which looks similar to a tiny crochet hook, he removes the damaged vein a small section at a time.

Most phlebectomy procedures last 30 minutes to an hour; however, Dr. Haraway recommends allowing up to two hours from the time you enter the office to the time you leave.

What can I expect experience during and after phlebectomy?

Since you will be under a local anesthetic during this treatment, you are awake during the procedure, but patients rarely report any pain during their phlebectomy procedure. In fact, most discomfort is from the numbing of the area.*

Dr. Haraway makes small incisions next to the damaged vein, so you won’t have to worry about painful or itchy stitches either.

When Dr. Haraway completes the procedure, he covers these incisions with a small bandage or dressing. He wraps your leg in a compression wrap and gives you instructions for wearing compression stockings over the course of the next two weeks.

Although you should avoid strenuous activity for 3-5 days, you can resume all normal activity the day after your procedure. Dr. Haraway encourages you to walk, cycle, or use an elliptical.

What are the benefits of phlebectomy?

For some patients, removing the damaged vein instead of closing it off and leaving it in place seems to be a more immediate solution. Not having to do the procedure in a hospital and resuming normal activity within 24 hours are also pluses.

If you are tired of living with unsightly, painful varicose veins, contact the Tulsa Vein Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma at (918) 701-2020 or through the online requesting tool to get started on feeling and looking your best.

*Individual results may vary.