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Five Things You Should Know about Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy, also known as microphlebectomy, is a common treatment choice among people suffering from varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency with severe symptoms. Here are five important facts about ambulatory phlebectomy to help you understand the procedure.

1. Ambulatory phlebectomy is ideal for bulging varicose veins.

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Ambulatory phlebectomy is best for bulging, varicose veins that are close to the surface of the skin. Because the affected vein is removed from the body entirely during the procedure, all of the associated symptoms are eliminated immediately and the cosmetic appearance improves within days. While other vein treatments such as endovenous laser ablation or radio frequency ablation are also effective at treating varicose veins, they work by closing the diseased vein instead of removing it, and thus they take longer to achieve cosmetic results. 

2. The procedure is minimally invasive.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a short procedure that requires small incisions and local anesthetic. However, the procedure is minimally-invasive and can be performed in your doctor’s office using a tiny incision on the surface of the skin. No general anesthesia or overnight hospital admission is required and the procedure takes less than one hour to perform. At the end of the procedure, patients can walk out with a simple band-aid over the small cut where the vein was removed. 

3. You will recover from the procedure quickly.

Following ambulatory phlebectomy, you will be able to go home on the same day. You may experience some mild postoperative pain, and you may also notice some swelling and/or bruising around the incision site. You will also need to wear compression stockings as directed by your doctor. However, most patients can return to their normal activities within 24 hours of the surgery, with results improving over time with continued post-care. 

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4. Complications are rare, but possible.

Like all surgical procedures, ambulatory phlebectomy carries a small risk of temporary side effects; however, serious complications are extremely rate. Possible complications of this procedure include an allergic reaction to the local anesthetic used, nerve injury, inflammation, bruising and infection. An ambulatory phlebectomy patient who experiences complications should report the symptoms to his or her doctor immediately.

5. Ambulatory phlebectomy is not your only treatment option.

Although ambulatory phlebectomy is a popular treatment choice, it is not the only option for people suffering from abnormal veins. Other treatment options available include sclerotherapy, transdermal laser treatment and endovenous laser treatment. Some mild cases of varicose veins may also respond to at-home conservative treatments, such as weight loss, increased exercise, elevation of the legs and compression stockings; however, the underlying condition that causes varicose veins, vein disease, is progressive, so it is best to speak with a vein specalist to discuss your options.

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If you are interested in learning more about ambulatory phlebectomy or any of your other treatment options, contact Metro Vein Centers to schedule an appointment with one of our vein doctors in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, or Texas.