What is an ambulatory phlebectomy?

An ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure, performed by a physician, to remove troublesome veins.

This procedure is commonly used to cosmetically make the appearance of a varicose vein more attractive. In many cases, a vein can be removed in just one treatment although, sometimes, multiple treatments may be required.

An ambulatory phlebectomy can be performed once a patient has undergone a comprehensive evaluation by a health care provider.

Why is this procedure done?

An ambulatory phlebectomy is performed to remove superficial or troublesome varicose veins near the surface of the skin. By making small incisions on the skin, the veins can be easily removed, without even needing stitches.

An ambulatory phlebectomy is usually only one part of treating varicose veins. This procedure is often done in conjunction with other forms of vein treatment such as: ligation and stripping, laser, and radiofrequency treatments.

Your team of healthcare professionals will evaluate your personal needs to decide which treatment(s) is best for you.

What to expect during the procedure?

An ambulatory phlebectomy is performed in an office setting with a local anesthetic administered to the patient. This procedure is not known to cause pain, only minor pinching during the procedure. A bandage and/or compression stockings may be used after the procedure. Patients may experience bruising or swelling.

On average, the procedure takes approximately an hour but can vary based on the personal plan for each patient. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure and normal activity (no immediate strenuous activity) can be resumed the same day.

Common conditions that could require this procedure

  • Varicose veins
  • Superficial veins

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