Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a large surface of varicose vein is removed through a series of miniature incisions that need no stitches.
Compared to traditional vein stripping, this technique has virtually no scarring or side effects. It is performed in the office. A local anesthetic is used and patients have very little “down time” following the procedure.
After the vein is removed, the leg is wrapped with an ace bandage and the patient can get up and walk around the office prior to going home. The patient is asked to keep the leg elevated and stay off the leg for the first day. Although strenuous activity should be limited for two weeks, patients can go back to work and normal activity after 24 hours. A support stocking is worn for two weeks after surgery to minimize swelling and allow for proper healing.
Results to expect from an ambulatory phlebectomy
Results of ambulatory phlebectomy for varicose veins are excellent from both a cosmetic and symptom relief viewpoint. The procedure is often combined with other treatments such as endovenous laser therapy and sclerotherapy for optimal results.
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