Ambulatory phlebectomy is an excellent treatment option for large varicose veins, and it is an area of specialty at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center in Brandon, Florida. Dr. Hall and Dr. Butterick have extensive experience in ambulatory phlebectomy, and they complete these procedures in an in-house surgical suite. If you suffer from large, uncomfortable varicose veins, you owe it to yourself to explore ambulatory phlebectomy as a treatment option. Online scheduling makes it easy to find an appointment time to fit your busy schedule.
Phlebectomy, or vein removal, has a history dating back to ancient times. Over the centuries, the techniques and tools used to perform phlebectomy have drastically improved. Today, this procedure to treat varicose veins is safe and effective, requiring no general anesthetic and very little recovery time.
The procedure is also known as microphlebectomy, due to the small size of the incisions. Ambulatory phlebectomy is sometimes performed in conjunction with or shortly after endoluminal ablation (ELAS) of the saphenous vein.
During your appointment, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. A special tool called Veinlite uses a bright fiber optic light that allows your doctor to see the targeted vein.
Tiny incisions are made in your leg, allowing access to the malfunctioning vein. Your doctor uses small medical tools resembling hooks to remove small portions of the unhealthy vein.
Because the incisions are so small, there’s no need for suturing or other closure options. A small piece of adhesive medical tape is usually all that’s needed to cover the incisions.
In most cases, the entire procedure takes less than an hour. Most men and women who choose phlebectomy wish that they had pursued the treatment sooner, rather than living with unsightly and painful varicose veins.
Immediately after the procedure, your doctor fits you with compression stockings. You’ll wear these for two to four weeks after your procedure as you heal.
Most men and women find that Ibuprofen or Celebrex help address any discomfort. You can resume walking right away, and you should be able to resume all normal activities in the days following your appointment. It’s best to postpone strenuous exercise for seven to ten days after your procedure.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is not the same thing as “vein stripping,” a procedure that involves general anesthesia and admission into the hospital. It is an effective way to address larger varicose veins without the risks associated with more invasive surgical procedures. Schedule a consultation at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center to learn more.