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Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory Phlebectomy

An Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a Varicose Vein removal procedure that usually takes about 30-60 minutes and requires little to no downtime. First, a local anesthetic numbs the area and your bulging varicose vein is extracted with a “micro-hook” through a very small incision. The incision almost always disappears completely after healing. Immediately after this procedure you will need to wear a compression bandage and stocking.

If you have bulging veins or varicose veins, ambulatory phlebectomy might be an option for you. It’s a medical procedure to remove asymptomatic and symptomatic superficial veins.

Bulging varicose veins can not only be unsightly but they can also cause pain and swelling in your legs. The cause of the problem is a direct result of a defect in the vein valve that controls the flow of blood. When the valves don’t work properly, the blood flow is inadequate causing the vein to increase in size.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the problematic veins. The veins are removed through small incisions in the skin. The slits are so small, that they don’t need any stitches. Because veins are very collapsible, even large veins can be removed through the tiny incisions.

The procedure is performed under a local anesthetic in the clinic and most patients don’t experience any pain. It’s very common for patients to go home within an hour of the procedure.

After the procedure, a compression bandage or compression stockings should be worn for at least 2 weeks, although the amount of time will vary depending on your circumstances. The compression bandage will help minimize swelling and discomfort and minimize the risk of blood clotting.

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