What is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
Ambulatory phlebectomy removes diseased veins through tiny incisions in the leg. It is primarily used to treat large, painful varicose veins. Because the incisions are small, it leaves undetectable scars. You can generally resume your normal activities the same day.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy Procedure
As an in-office procedure, ambulatory phlebectomy takes 1-2 hours to perform. Before the procedure, an ultrasound and a special light will map the diseased veins. Local anesthesia is injected to the area around veins to be removed. The physician makes several, 2-3 millimeter incisions along the length of the treatment area and using a special hook, removes the diseased veins. After the vein is removed, steri-strips are placed over the incisions. Generally, the incisions do not require stitches.
Following the procedure, a prescription strength compression stocking must be worn for 48 hours night and day and then a majority of the daytime for the next five days. Incisions must also be kept clean and dry for at least five days. With the exceptions of exercise and heavy lifting, you can resume your daily activities immediately.