Varicose Vein Treatment Options: Ambulatory Phlebectomy
June 25, 2015 • jake • vein treatment
Ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure designed to treat varicose veins. If you are suffering from the symptom of varicose veins, review the information below to determine if this procedure is right for you.
About Varicose Veins
Varicose veins are abnormal veins that develop when the valves in blood vessels begin to malfunction. They are typically found in the legs and may appear swollen, discolored and twisted. Varicose veins may also cause a number of symptoms, including heaviness, pain, tingling, restlessness, burning and more.
In some cases, varicose veins can be treated at home with compression stockings and elevation. Weight loss may also reduce the symptoms of this condition. However, these conservative treatment methods are not always effective. Thus, because these veins are both unsightly and uncomfortable, many people suffering from this condition seek professional treatment.
How is Ambulatory Phlebectomy Performed?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is performed under local anesthesia. During the procedure, the vascular surgeon makes small incisions in the skin around the affected veins. The abnormal veins are then removed through these incisions. Because the varicose vein is removed from the body, all associated symptoms will disappear. This procedure is effective even for larger varicose veins that won’t respond to other treatments.
Benefits of Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a safe procedure that offers a number of benefits to patients suffering from varicose veins. It is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that no hospital stay is required. Postoperative pain is minimal, and most patients are able to return to their regular activities within 24 hours. Ambulatory phlebectomy is also extremely effective. Immediately after the procedure, you will notice an improvement in your symptoms and the appearance of the affected area.
Scheduling the Procedure
If you are interested in having an ambulatory phlebectomy procedure, you should begin by making an appointment with a vein doctor. During this appointment, your doctor will perform an exam, collect information about your medical history and explain your treatment options.
To learn more about ambulatory phlebectomy or schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.