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.
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