Endoscopic Vein Surgery

Endoscopic vein surgery is an outpatient cosmetic procedure to permanently remove varicose veins.

Endoscopic Vein Surgery

The Skinny


Average Recovery

4 weeks

Permanence

Permanent

Application

Minor Surgical Procedure

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$2000 - $5000

The Specifics


What is an endoscopic vein surgery?

An endoscopic vein surgery for varicose veins is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure to immediately permanently remove varicose veins. Varicose veins are most common in the lower legs and are caused by blood vessels that have poor valve function with impaired blood flow that leads to blood pools. These symptoms can be due to chronic venous insufficiency or other medical conditions so medical advice from a healthcare provider should be solicited. There are numerous treatment options including laser treatments, RF energy, ligation and veinstripping, and foam sclerotherapy. Some of these vein surgeries require a vascular surgeon.

What cosmetic concerns does endoscopic vein surgery treat?

  1. Veins: In an endoscopic vein surgery, small incisions are made near the varicose vein, a camera is inserted to close the vein, and it is removed.

Who is the ideal candidate for endoscopic vein surgery?

The ideal candidate for endoscopic vein surgery has severe large, visible varicose veins in the legs, has ruled out an underlying medical condition, and is experiencing skin ulcers due to their large veins. Endoscopic vein surgery is not recommended for those with poor circulation, lymphedema, certain skin conditions, a history of blood clots, or pregnant women.

*What is the average recovery associated with endoscopic vein surgery?

Most patients experience a few weeks of recovery following endoscopic vein surgery. The majority of candidates return to work after seven to ten days. Compression stockings are to be worn for the first few weeks. Legs should be elevated whenever possible and long periods of standing should be avoided.

What are the potential side effects of endoscopic vein surgery?

Possible side effects following endoscopic vein surgery include infection, bleeding, hematoma formation, bruising, swelling, scarring, blisters, trauma induced spider veins, and nerve injury with sensory changes.

What can someone expect from the results of endoscopic vein surgery?

The results of an endoscopic vein surgery are immediate and permanent removal of the varicose vein. If the underlying cause of the varicose vein was circulatory, however, and it is not addressed, recurrence is possible.

What is the average cost of endoscopic vein surgery?

Endoscopic vein surgery can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. The actual cost of endoscopic vein surgery is dependent upon location, healthcare provider, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

Pros

Immediate resultsPermanent

Cons

Longer recoveryPossibility of recurrence

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Endoscopic vein surgery is a plastic surgery procedure utilized to alter the appearance of unsightly veins. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after endoscopic vein surgery:

The Takeaway


Endoscopic vein surgery for varicose veins is an invasive treatment for permanent removal of severe undesirable bulging and prominent veins.

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  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons Spider Vein Treatment plasticsurgery.org
  2. Mayo Clinic Staff Varicose Veins mayoclinic.org
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