Varicose veins are generally identified as being a cosmetic nuisance. However, what many people don’t know is if left untreated, varicose veins can result in significant health problems. As a double board-certified vascular surgeon and founder of the Austin Vein Institute, Dr. Christopher Brennig will share what those risks are and how he treats varicose veins in a private consultation at his office. One strategy for eliminating large, bulging surface veins is through a technique called microphlebectomy, which involves tiny incisions about the vein for its removal. Microphlebectomies are performed in our Austin, TX office to reduce pain, and help patients prevent future health problems while restoring the appearance of the legs.
"Dr. Brennig reminds me of my doctors while growing up. He gives you his time, undivided attention and a deep sense of actually caring about you. It’s a rare (but often missing!) trait."- W. / Healthgrades / May 06, 2021
"I inherited a severe case of varicose veins. Additionally, my veins were creating issues in my lower extremities that required attention. Could not have waited. Dr. Brennig and his staff determined my need and preceded to get things back to "ship shape" . Dr. Brennig is one of the coolest doctors I know. Very professional, very friendly chairside manner. And actually spends the time with you to put you at ease and to let you know exactly what you're looking at. He may even convince me to quit smoking. We're working on it. The vein institute, Dr Brennig and staff are tops !⚕️ Dr. Brennig is also the recipient of the Austin monthly doctor of the year award three years in a row. Congratulations doctor !"- S.J. / Google / Oct 30, 2020
"Dr. Brennig and his staff are amazing. The care, attention to detail and kindness from this practice is unparalleled. Dr. Brennig is thorough and enjoys what he does. I highly recommend this practice."- A. / Google / Mar 01, 2020
"True, it's hard to find such a professional office (everyone working there), but combine that with the calm, compassionate treatment and you have one in a million! I am on more third round of vein treatment, and this experience stands out by leaps and bounds. But most meaningful to me was when I went in with an injury that involved my veins and more. Dr. Brennig was very thorough and methodical in the treatment, which will result in a more complete healing! He is what a doctor should be...and his office is what an office should be!"- C.D. / Google / Dec 06, 2019
"Dr. Brenning is awesome, and the work he does is life-changing! I've suffered from vericose veins for years and never took care of them because I thought that was being vain. Then the pain and discomfort got so bad that I sought out treatment. Dr. Brennig taught me why I was having the pain and swelling and put me on a treatment plan to relief me from all of it! After my first treatment, I felt better almost instantly. It was so worth it!! And the cosmetic benefits for me were just a side-benefit, but those are nice too. I recently bought shorts for the first time in years! I would recommend Dr. Brenning to anyone suffering from vericose veins... but more importantly, I'd recommend him to those folks that are not yet suffering and his treatments can help you avoid future pain."- L.C. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
While some vein treatments are purely for aesthetic purposes, many of our patients request a consultation for varicose veins because of pain. Men and women who endure the discomfort of large diseased veins and the disfiguring appearance of varicose veins at the surface of their skin could be a candidate for a microphlebectomy. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Brennig would be the first step you would take in your quest for less pain, smoother skin, and better vascular health.
A microphlebectomy is not like older techniques of the past like vein stripping, which caused patients to have unpleasant recoveries and much more healing time. Today, Dr. Brennig performs a microphlebectomy in about 30 – 45 minutes. Our medical team will help prep you for this minimally invasive procedure by injecting an anesthetic solution into your leg to numb the area. Then, Dr. Brennig will make a series of 1 – 2mm incisions and remove the vein. Most often all that is needed is a bandage (no sutures), which should allow you to return to routine activities immediately.
Having the diseased varicose vein removed properly by a trained vascular surgeon, like Dr. Brennig, will not adversely impact venous blood return. In fact, not only will the pain be gone from the varicose vein, your blood will flow more efficiently through the remaining healthy veins. You will no longer have the vein causing the blood pooling in the faulty vein.
Many patients are amazed that after having a microphlebectomy they can return to normal activities and not have to take several days off of work. While it is important to not perform strenuous activities after a vein is removed, it should not limit your ability to go to work, walk normally, or any other routine activities. You will leave our office with an ace bandage and a compression stocking to wear during your recovery after a microphlebectomy. If you experience any concerning symptoms like infection, fever, or extreme pain please call our office for medical assistance.
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Large, bulging veins are not only aesthetically unappealing, they can be chronically painful and damaging to your vascular system. As a board-certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Brennig is uniquely qualified to provide the highest level of care when treating cosmetic or complex vein conditions. Schedule your first appointment today in our Austin office.