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!
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.