There are a number of treatment options for troublesome veins. One of the treatment options offered at Premier Vein Clinics is ambulatory phlebectomy. Read on to find out more about this approach to removing medium to large varicose veins found near the surface of the skin.

What is ambulatory phlebectomy?

Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a surgical procedure done in-office to remove larger varicose veins. Under local anesthetics the procedure requires very small punctures in the skin allowing for the vein removal in sections and can last from 1 to 3 hours depending on the severity of the case.

What is recovery like following the procedure?

Recovery following any procedure is different for each person. After the procedure, bandages are applied and compression stockings are worn for a week or more. The incisions are minute so no stitches are involved but steristrips will be applied to help heal the incision site. Most patients experience little to no pain and resume normal activity without support hose within two weeks.

What are the possible risks associated with ambulatory phlebectomy?

As with any procedure, there are risks associated with ambulatory phlebectomy while choosing a board certified vascular specialist greatly reducing any risk involved which include:

  • Temporary bruising and/or swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Skin numbness
  • Allergic reaction to local anesthesia

What other questions do you have regarding this specific approach to vein treatment? Leave a comment below and perhaps your question will be the topic of a future blog post.