TriVex System

Peoria Vein Center continues to lead the way in offering innovative solutions to varicose veins.* One such treatment option is the TriVex System for Varicose Vein Removal.

A transilluminated vein during a TriVex procedure.

The results are very similar to those achieved by traditional micro-phlebectomy  – but it is accomplished with fewer incisions, smaller incisions and typically less pain. The TriVex System is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes about half the time of vein stripping, depending on the size and number of varicose veins being removed.

Traditional micro-phlebectomy, formerly known as vein stripping, is a “blind procedure,” whereas the TriVex System makes it possible for the surgeon to see where he’s operating through the use of transillumination (an effect similar to putting a flashlight under the skin). After a small incision is made near the groin, the surgeon makes a few small incisions over the affected veins.

Once the surgeon has visually confirmed access to the diseased vein, it is removed using suction. This procedure is sometimes referred to “liposuction of the veins.” This is repeated for each vein that needs treatment. When the diseased veins have been removed, the leg is wrapped in an elastic bandage to provide compression. In most cases, the patient is able to return home the same day.


* Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is for informational purposes only. It does not take the place of, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for individual medical advice, diagnosis or treatment from your physician.

  • Summary

    Type of anesthesia

    • General

    Length of procedure

    • 30-60 minutes

    Before the procedure

    • Let your PVC physician know what medicines and herbs you are taking
    • Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs for at least 72 hours before procedure; acetaminophen (Tylenol) is usually safe to take
    • Don't put lotion or cream on your legs the day of the procedure
    • Plan to avoid vacation / travel for two weeks after treatment

    After the procedure

    • Wear compression stockings or an elastic bandage on your leg as directed by your physician
    • Elevate legs twice a day for 20-30 minutes
    • Take a mild pain medicine if needed, as directed by your physician
    • Return to work and most activities in a few days (depending on your occupation)
    • Contact PVC if you have any concerns

    Side effects

    Side effects are similar to those of any surgery, including risks associated with anesthesia.

    • Bruising
    • Scarring
    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Nerve damage

    Insurance coverage

    • If done for cosmetic reasons, usually not covered
    • If done for medical reasons, may be covered