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Varicose vein sufferers can benefit from ambulatory phlebectomy--an outpatient procedure that removes bulging, painful veins and allows patients to resume their normal routines immediately after treatment. Using a series of tiny incisions, this procedure actually removes the vein and prevents it from recurring.
The ambulatory phlebectomy procedure is usually performed on larger, superficial veins but can also be used to treat smaller veins. Your specialist will carefully mark the area to be treated and outline the vein(s) designated for removal. A local anesthetic is injected along this area to eliminate discomfort during the procedure. Once numb, the specialist will make incisions along the vein, removing the vein section by section. After the procedure, you will be given compression stockings to wear to aid in the healing process and will usually be given a topical antibiotic cream to apply to the incision sites.
Discomfort following ambulatory phlebectomy is minimal and can be treated with mild pain relievers. Although you may experience some slight swelling or bruising following the procedure, using compression stockings will minimize these effects and speed the healing process. Following the procedure, most patients can expect to return to their normal activities, restricting lifting and strenuous exercise for one to two weeks; the incision sites will fade in six to 12 months. Offering speedy recovery and no downtime, ambulatory phlebectomy has gained in popularity for those individuals looking to permanently rid themselves of painful varicose veins.
About Vein Center of Central Pennsylvania
Vein Center of Central Pennsylvania
At the Vein Center of Central Pennsylvania we really value you, the individual. Creating a professional, warm environment is of utmost importance to our staff. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere that is welcoming and friendly. During office hours telephone calls are answered by live people, callers are never forwarded to “voice – mail “or automated systems. The personal touch is what we are all about. The entire staff is dedicated to ensuring the best possible care is rendered to all of our varicose vein and spider vein patients. We encourage our patients to actively participate in the improvement of their varicose vein and spider vein symptoms and disease. The Vein Center staff participates in continuing education on a regular basis to stay abreast of new advances in the treatment of spider vein and varicose vein treatments. Our medical director Dr. Henry D. Train passed the American Board of Phlebology's first board certification examination in May 2008. Dr. Train, is also a Diplomat of the American College of Phlebology, has been practicing Phlebology at the Vein Center of Central Pennsylvania since it's opening in 1995.
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