Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Varicose veins can be painful and may cause blood clots or ulcers. An ambulatory phlebectomy provides relief from the pain and discomfort of varicose veins. Varicose veins are veins that are large in size and swollen from being abnormally shaped or lacking the valves that direct blood up to your heart.  

What is an ambulatory phlebectomy?

Ambulatory phlebectomy involves outpatient surgery, often done by a surgeon with special training in dermatology. The surgeon makes small cuts in your skin, and removes superficial veins through these small incisions.

Who Needs an Ambulatory Phlebectomy?

Candidates for an Ambulatory Phlebectomy

People with varicose veins are candidates for an ambulatory phlebectomy. Your primary care provider (PCP) may want to refer you to a dermatologist or surgeon to determine if an ambulatory phlebectomy is right for you.

To decide the doctor will check the following:

  • Whether there are deeper veins that might be causing the varicose vein problems

  • Whether there are blood clots present

  • Whether there are additional procedures that you need before or after the ambulatory phlebectomy

  • What medications you are on

  • Whether you smoke

  • Your current health and mobility

Ambulatory Phlebectomy Risks

What are the risks?

  • Blood clots

  • The affected veins may not close, or may reopen causing you to bleed

  • You may have scarring

  • Your nerves may be damaged

  • Your varicose veins may come back later on

Is an Ambulatory Phlebectomy Right for Me?

Factors to consider

There are some things to consider before getting an ambulatory phlebectomy.

  • The ambulatory phlebectomy is not invasive

  • It is an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to go home the same day

  • You will be able to walk right after surgery

  • If you are able to wear compression socks and move around on your own, the ambulatory phlebectomy is an option for you

  • There will be bruising and some swelling in your legs

  • If you can’t walk on your own, the ambulatory phlebectomy may not be a good option for you

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