Phlebectomy involves surgically removing medium to large varicose veins near the skin surface by inserting a surgical instrument with a hook through small incisions made in the skin and pulling the veins out in segments. The phlebectomy procedure may be performed as a standalone procedure or performed in conjunction with saphenous vein treatment.
What is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that removes superficial veins through very small incisions in the skin. The procedure involves four different steps:
- marking the veins to be treated;
- injecting local anesthesia into the skin;
- surgical removal of the bulging veins through small incisions; and
- wearing compression stockings for one week or more after surgery.
When is Ambulatory Phlebectomy Appropriate?
Ambulatory phlebectomy may be used to remove both asymptomatic and symptomatic superficial veins from the skin. Typically, treated veins are the larger, bulging (raised) and varicose veins