I have small pieces of tissue coming from the microphlebectomy incision sites, should I be trimming it? What to do about pain?

I have small pieces of tissue coming from several incision sites. I can pull them and trim some, but then they bleed a little. Should I be trimming this tissue? Also, what about the incision site on top of my foot that hurts a lot and sends shooting pain down my foot?

Answers from doctors (5)


Your surgeon can trim them at your follow up appointment. Don't just pull them. They will bleed and hurt. They need to be trimmed which is painless. The foot incision is in an awkward spot so just avoid irritating it and keep the area clean and dry. Ibuprofen or Aleve can be used for pain as needed.

Answered by HeartCare Associates Vein Center (View Profile)

Your surgeon can trim them at your follow up appointment. Don't just pull them. They will bleed and hurt. They need to be trimmed which is painless. The foot incision is in an awkward spot so just avoid irritating it and keep the area clean and dry. Ibuprofen or Aleve can be used for pain as needed.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Published on Jul 01, 2014

Trimming the small tissue is safe. The incision pain should get better.

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Trimming the small tissue is safe. The incision pain should get better.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jul 01, 2014

Do not pull these small "strings." Trim them with a pair of clean scissors, close to the skin. It is just a little tissue. The feet have a lot of nerve endings and less padding than higher in the leg. My patients massage with arnica or Dermaka cream several times per day and this desensitizes the little nerves in the area for faster healing.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Do not pull these small "strings." Trim them with a pair of clean scissors, close to the skin. It is just a little tissue. The feet have a lot of nerve endings and less padding than higher in the leg. My patients massage with arnica or Dermaka cream several times per day and this desensitizes the little nerves in the area for faster healing.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Heart and Vein Center

Published on Jun 26, 2014

I would strongly advised against doing that. Let your doctor do it. It is his responsibility to take care. You might end up infecting the incisions.

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Answered by Heart and Vein Center

I would strongly advised against doing that. Let your doctor do it. It is his responsibility to take care. You might end up infecting the incisions.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Jun 26, 2014

The skin that you see in the microphlebectomy sites is the shriveled remains of the avulsed vein. Your doctor should trim these. If you pull on them they may bleed or cause pain. If left alone, they will fall off on their own. Incisions on the foot are usually more tender and take longer to heal.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

The skin that you see in the microphlebectomy sites is the shriveled remains of the avulsed vein. Your doctor should trim these. If you pull on them they may bleed or cause pain. If left alone, they will fall off on their own. Incisions on the foot are usually more tender and take longer to heal.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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