Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that removes varicose veins at the surface of the skin. It is often recommended for cases in which skin characteristics, size or pressure of the vein make other forms of treatment too difficult. With this procedure, the varicose veins are completely removed from the leg. The varicose veins removed are mostly superficial or surface veins that are directly underneath the skin.
This outpatient treatment only requires local anesthetic. The physician will make tiny, one to three millimeter incisions along the bulging vein and carefully remove it in multiple segments using specialized instruments. The area is then bandaged and covered with a compression stocking to prevent excessive swelling or bruising. Patients can expect the procedure to be done in one to two hours or less and can walk immediately following the procedure. In fact, there is no downtime after an ambulatory phlebectomy treatment, which is a significant perk for patients. Plus, the small incisions will heal without the need for sutures.