If you have unsightly and painful varicose veins, you may like to have them removed, but it is important to understand your treatment options. While there are several minimally-invasive procedures available, an ambulatory phlebectomy is one of the best treatments because your damaged vein is removed by our specialist. It is a minimally-invasive procedure that is done in our office and very effective especially for larger varicose veins.
How Does Ambulatory Phlebectomy Work?
Here are the steps you may undergo in the process of having an ambulatory phlebectomy.
You may first be asked to stand so our specialist can mark the vein with a surgical marker. You may then lie on your back and the area to be treated will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution. When the area is clean, a local anesthetic may be injected for your comfort. Our specialist then uses a special hook-like tool to remove the damaged vein.
When the procedure is finished we will also wrap the area in a compression bandage or put compression stockings on the legs to help the blood flow through healthy veins. You may be asked to walk for a few minutes after the treatment to help the muscles move any excess fluid away. The stockings also help prevent blood clots and help with the healing process.
What are the Advantages of Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
• It may be the ideal treatment for large varicose veins that are close to the surface of the skin.
• It is minimally-invasive.
• It requires no general anesthesia. A local anesthesia is enough which eliminates any risks that are connected with general anesthesia.
• It removes the damaged part of the vein completely, so there is little or no risk of it coming back. You can rest assured that that varicose vein is gone. You may need to be careful with your lifestyle to avoid new veins from stretching out of shape.
If you have varicose veins that need to be removed by a physician, you may visit our specialist at Pacific Vein Care in McHenry, IL and learn more about ambulatory phlebectomy. The affected vein is removed with minimal discomfort and little to no downtime. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!