Ambulatory phlebectomy is an effective, minimally-invasive procedure used to treat varicose veins. If you are wondering whether this procedure may be right for you, ask yourself the following questions.
Do I Have Symptoms of Varicose Veins?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is designed to treat varicose veins, which are abnormal veins that appear most commonly in the legs and feet. In most cases, these veins are purple, bluish or red in color. They are also gnarled and may be raised above the surface of the skin. Many patients with varicose veins also report accompanying symptoms, which may include pain, numbness, tingling, burning or other uncomfortable sensations in the affected area. In the worst cases, patients may even develop ulcers in the skin covering varicose veins.
Are My Veins Superficial?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is best for veins that are large, bulging and superficial. Superficial veins are those that are close to the skin’s surface.
Do I Understand the Procedure?
Ambulatory phlebectomy was developed as an alternative to vein stripping, which was an intense, painful procedure used to remove diseased vein. During ambulatory phlebectomy, a vein surgeon makes small incisions in the skin around the abnormal vein and removes the vein from the body. This procedure provides immediate cosmetic results and can be performed in a doctor’s office.
Am I Interested in Vascular Surgery?
Although vascular surgery is very effective, it does carry some risk of pain and/or complications. During ambulatory phlebectomy, your vascular surgeon will use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. However, you may still experience minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. You may also notice some mild bruising near your incisions during recovery. In most cases, patients are able to return to their normal activities within 24 hours of the procedure.
Would Another Procedure be More Appropriate?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is not the only treatment available to patients with abnormal veins. Other treatment options include sclerotherapy, endovenous laser therapy and transdermal laser therapy.
If you are interested in learning more about ambulatory phlebectomy or any of the other surgical treatment options available to Sugar Land patients with varicose veins or spider veins, please contact Metro Vein Centers today.