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Transilluminated powered phlebectomy is a clinically tested surgical technique for varicose vein removal. “Transilluminated” refers to the passing of light under the skin and “phlebectomy” is the medical term for vein removal. In this procedure, the surgeon removes the vein using a small powered surgical device while viewing the vein using a transilluminating light. Clinical studies suggest that this method enables the surgeon to remove veins using a minimal number of small incisions and short operative times, which may result in an easier recovery for the patient with good cosmetic results.1,2
Before and After
Transilluminated powered phlebectomy is minimally invasive surgery performed with general or light anesthesia.
STEP 1 Surgeon makes incisions – as few as two per vein cluster, hydrodissecting the vein for easy removal.
STEP 2 Illumination device is inserted through one incision, allowing surgeon to highlight the veins.
STEP 3 Resection device is inserted through the other incision to remove the vein.
In one study, 99.7% (338/339) of patients reported good outcomes and were satisfied with the procedure.1
No recurrences were reported at 3 month post-operative follow up.1
Multiple studies confirm that fewer incisions contribute to reduced post-operative pain and better cosmesis.1,2,3
1. Franz RW, Knapp ED. Annals of Vasc Surg. 2008; 23(3):303-309.
2. Passman M. Vascular. 2007; 15:262-268.
3. Aremu MA, Mahendran B, Butcher W, Khan Z, Colgan MP, Moore DJ, et al. J Vasc Surg. 2004; 39:88-94.
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Eddy H. Luh, MD, FSVS, RPVI, FACSVascular Surgeon
Dr. Eddy Luh graduated from Cornell University. He then received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Luh completed his General Surgery residency here in Nevada at the University of Nevada Affiliated Hospitals. He then trained at the world renowned ...