What You Need to Know About Ambulatory Phlebectomy

October 2, 2014

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a procedure used to treat superficial veins such as varicose. The Vein Center of Florida uses this treatment on an outpatient basis to remove these unsightly veins. Many men and women in Florida have, or are at risk for developing, varicose veins that can be embarrassing or even painful. The advances in technology have allowed vein treatment specialist to quickly and painlessly remove each vein.

In the past, procedures for vein treatment have left patients with scarring and a long recovery time. Choosing ambulatory phlebectomy greatly diminishes all of these effects by making precise small incisions along the vein after a local anesthetic is given. A tool called a phlebectomy hook is then inserted to gently lift the vein out of the leg. The incisions are so insignificant that stitches are not required. The whole procedure will last only 1-2 hours depending on the number of veins being treated.

Home care after an ambulatory phlebectomy is relatively easy. Wearing compressions socks for 1-2 weeks is typical after this particular treatment. You will also need to limit excessive activity such as running or heavy lifting. This will ensure the incision sites heal properly. Bruising and swelling may occur after the surgery but should not last past the recovery time. There is also a risk of inflammation. Like any other incision you must keep the area clean and dry for a few days after. The doctors at the Vein Center of Florida will provide you with instructions for your home care to ensure a smooth recovery.

There are a number of non-invasive options for vein treatment in Florida. You will want to discuss all of the options and your health with one of our doctors before committing to treatment. Other health concerns and medications can play a factor in which procedure you chose. Occasionally this procedure is paired with other treatments to effectively remove all of the varicose veins. During the consultation the doctor will also decide whether the veins require pre-treatment before the actual procedure is done. Ambulatory phlebectomy could be the best option to rid yourself of varicose and spider veins allowing you to bask in the Florida sun without the embarrassing stigma.