An ambulatory phlebectomy of varicose veins is the surgical procedure used to remove varicose veins. Patients who experience any pain or discomfort from varicose veins may need them removed to treat the symptoms of vein disease. Symptoms of varicose veins, such as leg pain, skin sores, and leg swelling maybe treated through ambulatory phlebectomy varicose vein treatment.
There are potential risks and complications as a result of phlebotomy treatment. It is important to consult your medical doctor to determine if a phlebectomy is the right treatment option for your varicose veins. Search for proper medical care before considering treatment.
Examination and Diagnosis
In the course of our comprehensive review of your condition we will perform a diagnostic ultrasound to determine the extent and location of your varicose veins. Through this review we will be able to present your medical situation to your insurer for their consideration. We often recommend a combination of modalities to address the varicose veins
Our physician will recommend the phlebectomy procedure if you have large varicose veins that protrude, swell, bleed, cause discomfort or pain. We would recommend this course of treatment based on numerous factors including the size and location of the vein to be treated.
The actual procedure for an ambulatory phlebectomy is a removal of unwanted varicose veins. Initially, local anesthesia will be used on the patient. The phlebectomy typically only lasts 30 minutes to an hour long.
During an ambulatory phlebectomy procedure, a small incision is made in the skin with a phlebectomy hook. Then, the local anesthetic is inserted near the area of the vein being removed. Patients will be awake during the procedure.
After the incision is made, the doctor will use a hook to pull out the varicose vein. The medical doctor will monitor the patient’s vital signs and body functions.
Typically after the procedure, the patient is sanitized and dressed. Compression stockings must be worn for the first two weeks after procedure. This is done to maintain the effectiveness of the treatment, as well as the healing of legs and ankles.
After leaving the doctor’s office, the treated leg will most likely drain for 24 to 48 hours. Patients should expect bruising and swelling around the treated area, but they won’t last for more than a couple of days. Discomfort during the recovery process post-procedure will vary for each patient. If the pain increases and becomes intolerable, contact your doctor for steps to take in order to improve the healing process.
If you are concerned about your recovery after the procedure. Contact our office for additional follow-up. You will be seen in our office one week following your procedure.
Risks and Complications
Like other surgeries, ambulatory phlebectomy has potential for risks and complications. It is important to follow all post procedure instructions to optimize your recovery and limit the potential for complication.
General risks from ambulatory phlebectomy include anesthesia reactions, bleeding, blood clotting, and infections. Complications from an ambulatory phlebectomy can include bruising, numbness, and inflammation.
Following proper health care practices can prevent a multitude of complications before and after an ambulatory phlebectomy. If you are unsure about the risks and complications for phlebectomy treatment, consult your healthcare provider for more information.
People Also Ask
Here are some frequently asked questions for those considering an ambulatory phlebectomy for varicose vein treatment. Be sure to ask your doctor for more ambulatory phlebectomy information.
How Long does it take to recover from a Phlebectomy?
After the treated area is dressed the patient is normally able to return home without assistance. Most patients typically return to their normal activities within one to two days.
Your doctor will most likely recommend your best recovery times and practices to ensure better long term recovery. Remember, recovering after a surgery is a gradual process. The recovery time depends on the patient and their procedure. We will see you in our office for a one week follow-up.
Is a Phlebectomy painful?
While the actual phlebectomy procedure may not be too painful due to the local anesthetic, it may be likely that patients experience discomfort after their surgery. Typically, our medical staff will recommend over the counter pain medication and warm compresses during the recovery.. Contact our office if pain worsens during the recovery period.
Is vein stripping the same as Phlebectomy?
An ambulatory phlebectomy is not the same as vein stripping. Ambulatory Phlebectomy is the removal of a varicose vein visible through the skin through needle incisions. Traditional vein stripping is the removal of a saphenous vein through small incisions, but the vein is not visible on the surface of the skin.