Ambulatory phlebectomy (microphlebectomy) for visible varicose veins:
What’s the best way to get rid of the bulging, unsightly, painful varicose veins? The answer is simple: surgically remove them in an outpatient procedure that takes about an hour. You’ll walk out of our doors minus your problem veins—it’s just that easy. You’ll be able to continue your normal day to day activities almost immediately. After an Ambulatory phlebectomy patients can typically resume strenuous exercise in about 2 weeks. Here’s an overview of what you can expect:
- Your surgeon will mark the locations of the veins which will be treated with a surgical skin marker.
- You’ll be gowned and set up in a sterile operating field. While minimally invasive, a phlebectomy is still a surgery and must be performed in an antiseptic environment.
- Local anesthetic medication is applied to the region for total pain control. This is known as a “regional block.” In practical terms you won’t feel a thing.
- Small access incisions are made to access the veins in question. Due to their small size scarring is very minimal, and in many cases non-existent.
- Specialized, purpose-specific surgical tools are used to loosen, grasp, and remove each vein.
- A sterile dressing is then applied.
- You’ll be fitted for compression stockings. These are worn for the first two weeks after your procedure to ensure proper healing.
- You’ll leave our facility varicose vein free!
Why This Procedure Is Performed?
Ambulatory Phlebectomy has only one purpose and it’s treating varicose veins that appear on the surface of the skin.
It’s done by making some small incisions on that area and removing the veins one by one and this procedure won’t even need stiches, which makes it a non invasive procedure.
How To Prepare For Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
Normally you don’t need to prepare for an Ambulatory Phlebectomy treatment, but your doctor may give you some instructions in few cases, they can include:
- You should take breakfast or lunch before the treatment, you don’t need to fast at all
- Take your daily medications if you have any
- Make sure varicose veins are the main problem since if it’s not then maybe you aren’t the right candidate for this kind of treatment.
- Wear clothes that fit loosely since it can be hard to remove them at the treatment time.
- Go to your doctor’s office with comfortable shoes, this will make it easier for you to walk after the treatment
- Purchase compression stockings before your treatment start as they will be used once all the troublesome veins are removed.
- Avoid applying lotions or oil on the area you want to treat
- Clean that area before treatment
What To Avoid After The Treatment?
After the treatment there are some things that you need avoid as they can interfere with your recovery and ruin the results, here’s everything you must avoid.
- Heavy Lifting
Pressure on your legs is the reason why varicose veins form and after treatment if you lift up heavy things then you will develop even more venous problems.
It doesn’t matter what kind of treatment you had you must avoid smoking at all costs. Smoking can develop plaque in your veins and can even lower your body’s healing process.
Any pain you experience after your phlebectomy will be minor and short-lived. If needed over the counter Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) can be used to manage symptoms. In many cases the discomfort is so minor that this isn’t necessary. While some swelling and bruising will occur this is easily managed with compression stockings. As mentioned you’ll need to abstain from heavy manual labor or vigorous exercise for around 2 weeks. At this point you’re free to continue any and all activities without restrictions.
Results are permanent. While it’s always possible to develop new varicose veins the treated ones have been physically removed. This means that they’re gone for good.