Ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that removes leg veins through tiny, slit-like incisions in the skin. The procedure involves four different 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, and
- wearing compression stockings for one week or more after surgery.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is most commonly performed to remove large bulging varicose veins, although smaller veins can be removed as well. Dr. Tonnessen will perform an analysis using duplex ultrasound technology to identify the source of problematic veins prior to beginning the surgery.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is performed under local anesthesia so that patients do not feel pain during the procedure. After surgery, patients should experience little to no discomfort. Wearing the compression stockings as directed is important to achieve the best results from the procedure.