Varicose veins can cause significant discomfort, including swelling, itching, pain, and cramping. Untreated, they can also lead to serious health problems like leg ulcers. Ambulatory phlebectomy is one effective treatment option for getting rid of varicose veins. Learn more about this procedure and how it works below.
How Does Ambulatory Phlebectomy Work?
Phlebectomy entails the removal of the problem vein through a very small, precise cut. First, a local anesthetic is administered, allowing for a painless procedure. The doctor then removes varicose veins from beneath the skin. In the longterm, any scars will be small and are often barely visible.
To calm your nerves, you may choose to have a sedative prescribed. In this case, it's imperative that you arrange for someone to drive you home afterward, as you may still be drowsy. Even without a sedative, getting a ride is advisable, so you can avoid straining your leg when pushing on pedals.
What Is the Recovery Process Like?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is done on an outpatient basis—meaning you can go home the same day. You can usually return to work and even resume moderately strenuous activity the next day.
You will have to wear compression stockings continuously for 24 hours following the procedure. These minimize the risk of developing a deep vein thrombosis. You can shower after 36 to 48 hours. Do not remove any Steri-Strips® that have been applied to the surgical site or scrub at them when you bathe. These aid in the healing process and keep the site sterile.
Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan specializes in the treatment of varicose and spider veins, as well as leg ulcers. This medical practice established in 2010 serves New York City with cutting-edge care. They have two offices in the city. Their expert team is led by Ronald Lev, MD, who is certified by The American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. View their gallery of before-and-after photos online. To schedule your appointment, call (888) 356-8346.