Ambulatory Phlebectomy is an advanced, minimally-invasive surgical technique used for removing surface varicose veins, both large and small. This is an outpatient procedure, meaning there is no hospital stay.
Prior to the procedure, patients are given local anesthetic for the skin around the veins. Minuscule incisions (punctures) are made through the section of the body, hands and legs, in which the veins are removed. A phlebectomy hook is inserted in the micro-incision; a section of the varicose vein is hooked and then removed through the incision. The procedure often takes an hour or less. Most patients do not experience discomfort following the procedure and additional pain medication is not required. A compression bandage should be worn for one to two weeks following the procedure to minimize swelling and discomfort while allowing for proper healing.
Recovery is minimal and results are visible immediately, as the problematic veins are removed entirely. Long-term results are exceptional as long as the source of the varicose vein is removed. Because the incisions are so small, stitches are not required.
Though Ambulatory Phlebectomy is minimally invasive, it is nonetheless still a surgical procedure which means there are potential risks. These risks include bleeding, infection, swelling, allergy to local anesthesia, discoloration or numbness of the incision area, and post-operative pain or discomfort.