Northside Vein Center and Clinic is the leading vein clinic in Chicago performing the Transilluminated Vein Extraction treatment to help reduce and cure varicose and spider veins. Patients who have been dealing with varicose and spider veins can look to TriVex treatments with Dr. Summers as a solution to help reduce them.

What is Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy?

If you are ready to take action against your unwanted varicose veins, the TriVex procedure may be right for you. Transilluminated Powered Phlebectomy (The Trivex Procedure) is a minimally invasive procedure for removing varicose veins that is performed using the TriVex® System.

Transillumination is a unique feature – much like a flashlight placed under the skin – that allows a surgeon to see, accurately target and remove varicose veins, then visually confirm the extraction. Traditional varicose vein surgery is considered a trivex-wand“blind procedure,” meaning that surgeon cannot see the vein or confirm removal.

The procedure in performed in an operating room under a light anesthetic. The surgeon works through two small incisions in a darkened room.

The tumescent cannula illuminator is placed under the varicose vein. The cool xenon fiberoptic light allows the surgeon to see the varicose veins easily through the skin. Tumescent fluid, similar to that used in liposuction, is infused under the skin, loosening the vein from the surrounding tissue and providing local anesthesia.

A second instrument, the vein remover, is then guided to the veins using the xenon light. The vein is suctioned into a small hole at the tip of the vein remover and a protected blade cuts the vein into small pieces that can be suctioned out of the body.

before-after-pic-trivex-300x239The procedure can be performed in about 20 minutes. The small incisions do not require stitches. With the large volume of local anesthetic used, most patients wake up without any pain and go home in about one hour. Normal activity is encouraged immediately and most patients return to work in 2–3 days

Is TriVex Covered By Insurance?

Your insurance company may cover some of your procedure—so check with them before you schedule your consultation. Dr. Summers can answer all of your pricing and financing options at your consultation in the Chicago or Lakeview offices.