Surgical removal may be your only option for getting rid of unsightly, gnarled, and twisted varicose veins. With advances in medical technology, board-certified thoracic surgeon Peter Vajtai, MD, at Veinity MD in Las Vegas offers a less invasive option for treating your severe varicose veins. Trivex™ vein stripping provides better cosmetic results than the traditional surgical options. To schedule a consultation so you can learn more about the advanced procedure, call Veinity MD.
Trivex Vein Stripping Q & A
What is Trivex vein stripping?
Trivex vein stripping––also referred to as transilluminated powered phlebectomy––is a minimally invasive treatment for severe varicose veins. Your veins contain one-way valves that open and close to keep blood moving forward toward your heart and lungs for reoxygenation. If the valves are weakened or damaged, the blood may pool or flow backward, creating the raised, bumpy varicose veins.
Varicose veins are often considered a cosmetic issue, but they can cause discomfort and may affect circulation. Treatment for varicose veins may depend on the size and location of the affected vein. For severe varicose veins, surgical removal is the primary treatment option, and it can be painful and require a long recovery.
With Trivex vein stripping, Dr. Vajtai can remove your severe varicose veins with fewer incisions, less pain, and better results. The advanced treatment uses a lighted wand (endoscopic transilluminator) that he inserts under your skin to highlight the affected vein. He then uses a minimally invasive tool (resector) to remove the vein.
Am I a good candidate for Trivex vein stripping?
Dr. Vajtai determines if you’re a good candidate for Trivex vein stripping during a consultation. This treatment is specifically used for severe varicose veins that can’t be treated with sclerotherapy (chemical injection) or radiofrequency vein ablation (directed energy that destroys the vein).
What can I expect during Trivex vein stripping?
Trivex vein stripping is an outpatient procedure that takes about 30-60 minutes. Dr. Vajtai performs your Trivex vein stripping under anesthesia to minimize any discomfort during the procedure.
During the procedure, Dr. Vajtai first makes a small incision in your leg to make way for the endoscopic transilluminator. He then makes an additional incision near the damaged vein for insertion of the resector, which he uses to remove the affected portion of the vein. Dr. Vajtai then sutures your incisions, and bandages are applied.
After your procedure, Dr. Vajtai recommends you wear compression stockings to support healing, and to keep your feet elevated for 20-30 minutes twice a day. You may experience some pain after the procedure; mild pain medication is typically all you need. You should be able to resume most of your usual activities within a few days of the procedure.
Because Trivex vein stripping requires fewer incisions, the cosmetic results are much better than with traditional surgery.
To schedule a consultation to discuss your varicose vein treatment options, call Veinity MD today.