When is Ambulatory Phlebectomy Right for You?

Updated on: August 18, 2014

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a proven, minimally-invasive treatment that has helped many in Bel Air, Maryland and around the country find relief from varicose veins. These are often a troublesome condition for those suffering from these bulging, discolored veins. Some feel pain and discomfort in the legs as a result, and many also feel embarrassed by the unsightly appearance of the veins. By removing these problem veins with a procedure such as ambulatory phlebectomy that does not require a long, bothersome recovery period, many have found relief in a safe and effective manner.

The procedure starts as the patient stands so the specialist who is performing the procedure may clearly view and mark with a surgical marker the veins that are to be removed. Next, the patient will lie down on an exam table, and the treatment area will be cleaned and then a local anesthetic is injected to provide patient comfort during the procedure. When the area is numb from the anesthetic, incisions are made over the veins and vein hooks are utilized to remove the veins from the leg. The incisions are very small and do not require sutures. They even allow excess fluids to drain after the procedure has been performed. 

Once finished, pads are placed next to the skin to absorb any fluids, and the leg is wrapped in a compression bandage. The bandage should be left on for a couple of days, and then compression stockings are worn for about three weeks to aid in the healing process. Patients should avoid heavy lifting and prolonged standing in the weeks following the procedure to ensure proper healing. Patients are often encouraged to walk around shortly after the procedure because the contraction of the muscles in the legs can help get rid of excess fluids, reduce the chance of developing blood clots, and can even help promote healing.

Certain risks exist with ambulatory phlebectomy or any procedure performed to remove varicose veins. Whenever incisions are involved, bleeding and infection are a potential risk. But the small incisions used with this treatment lowers this risk compared to other procedures. Most incisions heal without scarring, although some individuals with darker skin may require a longer period of recovery before the incisions fully fade. Other potential complications include discoloration of the skin, numbness, and tingling. Patients are encouraged to discuss these risks with a Bel Air vein specialist so they fully understand them going into the treatment.

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