If your varicose veins are bulging and near the surface of the skin, or if your symptoms (like pain, swelling, and itching) are severe – you may wish to have the veins removed entirely.
An ambulatory (same-day, minimally invasive) phlebectomy is an advanced method of treating varicose veins by removing the veins through several tiny punctures in the skin. Because the faulty veins are removed, you get immediate relief from symptoms caused by the veins. Importantly, the appearance of your legs will improve within days!
At Florida Endovascular and Interventional in South Florida, we offer same-day ambulatory phlebectomy procedures for those wishing to be rid of their varicose veins once and for all.
When Is a Phlebectomy Recommended?
An ambulatory phlebectomy – also called a microphlebectomy – is typically recommended for varicose veins that are bulging, medium- to large-sized, and near the surface of the skin. Anyone suffering from symptoms caused by these veins and who are seeking long-term relief, immediate results, and minimal downtime after the procedure, may wish to consider the procedure.
An ambulatory phlebectomy can be incorporated into a patient’s larger treatment plan and combined with other varicose vein treatments, such as sclerotherapy, endovascular laser therapy (EVLT), or radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Which procedures are recommended for you will vary, depending on the number, size, and location of your varicose veins.
Benefits of an Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Benefits of an ambulatory phlebectomy to remove varicose veins (especially when compared to the more traditional, vein-stripping method) include:
- Immediate symptom relief
- Fast recovery
- No stitches, no scarring
- High long-term success rate
- High patient-satisfaction rate
- Little, if any, post-op pain
- Dramatically improved appearance of your legs within days
- Improved vascular health
What to Expect
There is no need to arrange for a ride to or from your appointment with us because local anesthetic is used (instead of general anesthesia), so you will be awake during the procedure. Once the area to be treated is injected with a local anesthetic, you should feel no pain or discomfort.
During the procedure, your interventional radiologist will make the tiniest of incisions: just 2-4 millimeters. The doctor will use a special hook-like instrument to easily remove the problematic vein. The entire procedure is quick and usually completed in under 1 hour. No stitches are needed. Patients typically leave our office requiring only a compression bandage over the incision sites.
You should be able to resume most of your usual activities within 24 hours.
Self-care after an ambulatory phlebectomy includes wearing compression garments and refraining from strenuous activities for a couple weeks. Be sure to follow your doctor’s recovery recommendations following the procedure.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy in South Florida
For long-term relief of varicose vein symptoms and the immediate removal of bulging veins, the success rate of an ambulatory phlebectomy can’t be beat. The vascular experts at Florida Endovascular and Interventional are who you’ll want to have on your side when you need a phlebectomy or other minimally invasive endovascular treatments.