Ambulatory phlebectomy is a common treatment option chosen by patients with varicose veins. It is minimally invasive, fast and provides excellent results. However, if you have never had professional vein treatment before, you may feel nervous before your procedure. Below is some important information about ambulatory phlebectomy to help you prepare for your appointment or decide whether you may want to schedule this procedure in the future.
What is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon removes varicose veins from the body entirely. After the procedure is complete, all of the symptoms of the removed veins, including their abnormal appearance, will resolve.
How is it Performed?
To perform an ambulatory phlebectomy, the surgeon begins by administering local anesthesia. He then makes small, 1 to 2 mm incisions in the skin near the affected vein. The vein will be removed from the body using surgical hooks. The procedure usually provides excellent cosmetic results and an immediate improvement of associated symptoms.
What Should I Expect During and After the Procedure?
Ambulatory phlebectomy causes very little discomfort during or after the procedure. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities quickly after the procedure is complete. However, you may notice some slight redness, bruising or swelling near the site of the incisions in the days following the procedure.
Is Ambulatory Phlebectomy Right for Me?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is best for varicose veins that are located near the surface of the skin, and it is not the only treatment option available to patients with varicose veins. Patients with this condition may also benefit from ultrasound guided chemical ablation, laser ablation or sclerotherapy. The best way to find out if ambulatory phlebectomy is the procedure that is most appropriate for your varicose veins is to consult a trained vein specialist. To make an appointment with a vein doctor at the Kimmel Institute, please call our office today.