There are many effective options for treating varicose veins today. While technology like laser and radiofrequency energy can be a good choice for some patients, others may need those bulging vessels actually removed by a physician. The good news is that surgical vein stripping, which involved considerable discomfort and an extended recovery period, is no longer used for this purpose. Instead, vein specialists have turned to a less invasive procedure known as ambulatory phlebectomy, which provides excellent results without pain, downtime or an overnight stay in a hospital.
Understanding Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure used to remove large varicose veins from the leg in small sections. The procedure is performed using micro-incisions that do not require any sutures and leave almost no visible scarring afterward. Through these incisions, a special tool is used to grasp the vein and remove sections.
Candidates for Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Ambulatory phlebectomy is generally recommended for patients with bulging, protruding varicose veins that are causing physical symptoms as well as their unsightly appearance. Symptoms might include:
- Heaviness or aching in the lower leg
- Swelling of the lower leg and foot
- Restless legs or leg cramps at night
- Skin irritation around the swollen vessel
If this condition is left untreated, it can continue to worsen and keep you from enjoying certain activities due to discomfort and embarrassment. Skin changes may begin to include discoloration of the skin and the formation of open sores around the ankle, known as venous ulcers. The good news is that by removing the affected veins from the leg entirely, we can also effectively eradicate the symptoms, prevent further complications and improve your quality of life overall.
Fast Treatment, No Downtime
Ambulatory phlebectomy is performed in our office as an outpatient procedure. Patients are usually given local anesthetic to keep them comfortable during the treatment. Tiny incisions are made along the length of the vein to be removed, and then sections are cut out using a special hook that grasps the vein and pulls it out of the leg. Most ambulatory phlebectomy procedures take one hour or less to perform, depending on the number of veins to be treated.
After the procedure, you may be able to return to your activities right away. However, most patients wait until the next day to resume their schedules. You will likely be advised to wear compression stockings for a number of days after treatment, which increase blood flow and promote healing to the treatment area. There should be little discomfort, bruising or swelling after the procedure.
Superior, Long-Lasting Results
The results of ambulatory phlebectomy can be seen right away and will continue to improve in the days following treatment as the leg fully heals. It is also likely you will experience relief from uncomfortable symptoms almost immediately following your procedure. Because the affected vein is removed, the results of ambulatory phlebectomy are considered permanent.
If you are suffering with large, painful varicose veins, there is no reason to suffer any longer. Contact the Vein Center of Florida & South Baldwin today at 800-910-8346 to find out if ambulatory phlebectomy is the right treatment for you.