Varicose veins can be both unsightly and painful. Although many cases of varicose veins will respond to sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation, laser therapy or some other treatment, some will not. Likewise, some of these therapies do not produce immediate results for the patient, and you may not want to wait for these results to appear. If you find yourself in either of these categories, you may benefit from ambulatory phlebectomy.
What is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a procedure used to remove large, visible varicose veins. It is most often performed on the legs. This procedure provides excellent, immediate cosmetic results. It also eliminates all symptoms associated with the varicose vein that has been removed.
To perform ambulatory phlebectomy, a vascular surgeon begins by administering local anesthesia to the patient. The surgeon then makes several small incisions along the vein and removes it from the body through the incisions. This procedure causes very little pain for the patient and can be performed in the doctor’s office. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within 24 hours of the procedure.
Am I a Candidate?
If you have large, visible varicose veins in your legs, you may be a candidate for ambulatory phlebectomy. You must also be in generally good health. Keep in mind that this treatment may not be appropriate for you if you suffer from certain conditions, such as clotting disorders. You can find out more about the requirements you must meet in order to undergo ambulatory phlebectomy by visiting a qualified vein doctor.
Making an Appointment
If you are interested in ambulatory phlebectomy, please contact the Kimmel Institute today to schedule a consultation with a member of our team. At this initial consultation, we will perform a physical exam and review your medical history to determine whether ambulatory phlebectomy may be appropriate for your condition. If you are a candidate for treatment, you can schedule your procedure at the end of this appointment.