Ambulatory phlebectomy vein treatment is only used to treat small varicose veins. The procedure can be performed as an outpatient surgical procedure or by a vein specialist with the proper equipment. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is administered, so the patient feels no pain. Then pieces of the diseased veins are removed through tiny incisions.
The Vein Centre professionals are equipped to perform this vein treatment at each of our Franklin, Nashville, and Mount Juliet locations. Keep reading to learn more about this effective treatment for varicose veins. Set up a consultation with a vein specialist if you have any questions about ambulatory phlebectomy.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?
Be sure you consult your doctor on your medical history, and about underlying issues of varicose veins before scheduling this treatment. You should also discuss any allergies you have, especially towards local anesthesia.
On the day of treatment, be sure to wear loose and comfortable clothes. Your doctor will need to access the diseased veins. Before the procedure, the veins will be marked, then the treatment site will be cleaned and numbed. You will remain awake, but patients report no pain after the local anesthetic is administered. A series of tiny incisions are made by the doctor to access the veins with a surgical hook. The vein is then disrupted, and segments of the vein are removed.
WHAT DOES THE RECOVERY LOOK LIKE?
Because this procedure is less invasive than vein stripping, recovery times are also shorter. Patients can return to normal activity almost immediately, however, prescription-strength compression stockings should be worn. The stockings should be worn for at least one week in order to reduce swelling and discomfort.The tiny incisions result in minimal scarring, eliminate the need for stitches, and look like freckles within eight weeks.
WHAT SIDE EFFECTS DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT?
The usual side effects include pain and swelling, but this is usually prevented so long as the patient wears the prescribed compression stockings. Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medicine can be used to reduce these side effects as well. Other side effects include bruising around the treatment site. Allergic reactions to the anesthetic can also happen, so make sure to discuss any allergies or concerns with your doctor.