Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure to remove surface varicose veins from the legs. Dr. Schoenhaus offers treatment for varicose veins, including removal of the leg veins with ambulatory phlebectomy when needed.
It is used to treat twisted, swollen veins that cause bulging and discoloration of the skin. They appear most commonly on the legs. Phlebectomy treats superficial varicose veins, the leg veins that sit just beneath the surface of the skin.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is generally used to treat moderate to severe varicose veins in the legs.
Dr. Schoenhaus will complete a full health screening to determine it’s the best course of treatment for you. Sometimes, underlying conditions like venous reflux or other vein diseases will need to be addressed before the varicose veins can be removed safely.
During this procedure, a local anesthetic numbs the surrounding area. Through tiny puncture sites, the veins are removed. The punctures are incredibly small, so no stitches are required for proper healing following the procedure. Varicose veins are incredibly collapsible, so even the larger, bulging veins will fit through the small incisions made into the skin. Once the veins are removed you will be advised to wear compression stockings. The compression stockings will help with proper blood flow and encourage vein health as you heal.
Patients are able to walk and return to normal activities shortly after the procedure, though you should refrain from heavy lifting and exercise until cleared by Dr. Schoenhaus. Mild swelling and bruising is normal following the procedure, but the compression stockings will minimize post-procedure discomfort.