Ambulatory phlebectomy micro-extraction is a varicose veins surgical procedure which allows for the removal of large surface varicosities through very small incisions that typically require no stitches. It is sometimes performed in conjunction with endovenous laser ablation or another anti-reflux procedure.
Tiny skin incisions or needle punctures as small as 1 mm are used to extract veins. A hook is inserted into a micro-incision in the leg. A section of the vein is hooked and then removed through the incision. After this procedure, a compression stocking is worn for 1 to 2 weeks. This minimizes swelling and discomfort and improves proper healing. After the vein is removed, the leg is wrapped with an ace bandage. Some patients are mildly uncomfortable and may use pain medication. Patients may stand, walk, and most return to work on the day following surgery. Extremely strenuous activity is limited for two weeks. The results of this varicose veins surgery have been excellent both from a cosmetic and patient satisfaction point of view.
Phlebectomy Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is an office procedure that removes superficial veins through small, slit-like incisions in the skin. The procedure involves four steps:
- Outlining or marking the veins to be treated.
- Injecting local anesthesia into the skin.
- Surgical removal of the bulging veins, segment by segment, through small incisions.
- Wearing compression stockings for one to two weeks.
When is Ambulatory Phlebectomy appropriate?
Ambulatory phlebectomy may be used to remove both asymptomatic and symptomatic superficial veins from the skin. Typically, treated veins are larger, bulging (raised) varicose veins, although smaller veins may also be removed.
Ambulatory phlebectomy may be combined with other therapies in the treatment of venous disease.
What can I expect after having had ambulatory phlebectomy?
Bruising and swelling is normal and temporary. You can walk immediately after your procedure and most patients can carry on normal daily activities except for heavy exercise and lifting the next day. You must follow the activity restrictions and wear the compression stockings as directed by your doctor to improve results and lessen the chance of adverse effects.
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Vein Specialist William Bowers, MD,FACS, RPVI, RPhS is the founder and Medical Director of Bowers Vein Institute in Pinellas Park, Florida. The Bowers Vein Institute is a cutting edge, state-of-the-art center that provides comprehensive care for patients with reticular, spider, varicose veins, and other venous diseases. The facility offers the latest in minimally invasive procedures that effectively eradicate veins without the need for traditional surgery. Above all else, the team at Bowers Vein Institute puts patient care first. This not only means ensuring that patients receive the effective vein treatment they need, it also entails providing a comfortable, friendly, and professional environment for each and every patient. The staff takes pride in adhering to these extremely high standards of patient care.
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