Vein Tx
Ambulatory Phlebectomy
What is ambulatory phlebectomy?

Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small scalpel or needle to remove varicose veins on the surface of the leg. It’s highly successful when performed in patients who are good candidates.

How does it work?

Phlebectomy involves making tiny punctures or incisions in the skin near the varicose vein. Veins are very collapsible and even large veins can be removed through the tiny incisions used in this technique.

Expected Recovery Time?

There is bruising and mild discomfort in the treated leg for two to four weeks. Q: How much time does it take to see the results after the laser procedure? A: Within one week patients may start to notice a difference in the prominence of their varicose veins, but complete results may take weeks to months.

Results

  • Long-term success in greater than 90 percent of patients has been observed. The long-term results of phlebectomy are excellent when the procedure is performed in patients who are good candidates.
  • Often, phlebectomy is used with a more comprehensive treatment plan, including additional procedures such as endovenous catheter ablation that use radiofrequency or laser energy.
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    After the Procedure

    Patients rarely report any pain during this procedure because the area being worked on is under a local anesthetic. The incisions made during the procedure are so small that no stitches are required. When the procedure is complete, your leg will be wrapped in a comfortable but snug compression wrap. You will need to wear graduated compression stockings for approximately two to three weeks following the procedure. As long as the stockings are worn, almost all activities can be done beginning the day after the surgery. You should be able to resume daily activities within 24 hours. Strenuous activities will be limited for approximately two weeks.

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    Long-term success in greater than 90 percent of patients has been observed. The long-term results of phlebectomy are excellent when the procedure is performed in patients who are good candidates. Often, phlebectomy is used with a more comprehensive treatment plan, including additional procedures such as endovenous catheter ablation that use radiofrequency or laser energy.