Ambulatory phlebectomy is a treatment used for varicose veins. It’s done as an office procedure under local anaesthesia. The vein to be treated is marked, the area is prepared, tiny incisions are given on the skin, and the vein is pulled out with special hooks. Stitches are generally not required. After the procedure, the treatment leg is bandaged.
After the procedure, the patient will be able to walk and continue with their daily activities. They will likely experience some side effects, but these tend to be minor and temporary. Pain is generally minimal.
Vein Care is very conscious of cosmesis. Depending on the patient’s age, the incisions are planned in such a way that stitches are not required. The incisions are closed by steristrips. After one week of procedure the steristrips are removed. The scarring is usually minimal. Common side effects include temporary swelling and bruising, inflammation, and temporary skin numbness.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is usually performed in conjunction with ultrasound guided scleretherapy and endovenous laser treatment to address visible bulgy veins. Surgically tying veins of (ligation) and pulling them out (stripping) are other procedures which is slowly becoming less popular because of general anaesthetics, hospitalizations, downtime and high recurrence rate.
Who is Eligible?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is not suitable for everyone. It is especially not recommended for those unable to walk on their own.
It is important to be aware that no treatment offers a foolproof cure for varicose veins, which are, by their nature, chronic and prone to recurrence. Early treatment can help avert costly and debilitating complications including stains, dermatitis, thrombophlebitis, leg ulcers and other venous diseases.
Vein Care recommends consulting with a varicose vein specialist, who can create a plan uniquely styled to you. This plan may address lifestyle choices that can help reduce the recurrence of varicose veins.