If you have bulging, twisted varicose veins, you are not alone. Varicose veins affect about half of all people aged 50 and older, according to the Office on Women’s Health. Ambulatory phlebectomy is a varicose vein treatment that effectively removes these unsightly veins to restore the smooth, vein-free appearance of skin.

The procedure involves removing the diseased vein through tiny incisions in the skin. After ambulatory phlebectomy, your circulatory system routes blood through nearby veins. The incisions are so small that, at two months after the procedure, the slits are barely visible. By six months, all signs of the incisions are completely gone.

Michigan Vein Clinic Performs Ambulatory Phlebectomy Procedure

You can undergo ambulatory phlebectomy at your local Michigan vein clinic as an outpatient procedure, which means you get to go home after varicose vein treatment – no hospital stay required. There are usually no special preparations for this procedure but you should follow any instructions your surgeon may provide.

Before performing this minimally invasive procedure, the venous surgeon will numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort. The doctor makes a tiny incision measuring as small as 1 mm – which is about one-third of an inch – in the skin over the varicose vein. Next, the surgeon uses special tools to remove a small section of the diseased veins through the slit in the skin.

Only one session is necessary to remove one varicose vein completely. Your vein surgeon may suggest multiple sessions to treat a large vein network if you have widespread vein disease. Varicose vein treatment does not prevent new varicose veins from developing.

After Ambulatory Phlebectomy

You will need to wear compression hose on the treated leg after the procedure. The special compression stockings squeeze the blood up and out of your veins to give your blood vessels time to heal.

You will be able to walk around immediately after the procedure. In fact, our Michigan vein doctors recommend walking to stimulate circulation in the treatment area. Temporary bruising and swelling is normal. Pain is generally minimal as long as you wear compression hose.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is generally safe and effective but, as with all medical procedures, complications are possible. The American Society of Dermatologic Surgery lists the following as possible complications of ambulatory phlebectomy:

  • Temporary bruising and swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Skin numbness
  • Allergic reaction to local anesthesia

Because it removes the diseased vein entirely rather than just treating the vein inside the body, ambulatory phlebectomy is one of the most effective Detroit vein treatment approaches available today.

Ambulatory phlebectomy is an effective treatment for most people with varicose veins. The procedure is not for those who cannot walk on their own or are unable to wear compression stockings. To find out if this  vein treatment is right for you, make an appointment with your local Detroit vein doctors.