An ambulatory phlebectomy is an option for patients who want to permanently eliminate unsightly varicose veins. Hampton Vein & Vascular offers ambulatory phlebectomy in the office using local anesthesia, quickly and safely removing varicose veins. To learn if you’re a good candidate for this procedure, call the Westfield or Rutherford, New Jersey, office location or schedule an appointment online.
A phlebectomy is a procedure to remove a vein. An ambulatory phlebectomy, also called a microincision phlebectomy, is a minimally invasive procedure that’s done to eliminate visible veins near the surface of your skin.
Hampton Vein & Vascular most often performs an ambulatory phlebectomy to remove varicose veins. However, the procedure helps to treat several related conditions, too.
You develop varicose veins when one or more valves stop working properly. These valves normally keep blood flowing in one direction — up your legs — but when they weaken, blood can flow backward. As a result, blood pools in the vein, causing enlarged and bulging varicose veins.
Chronic venous insufficiency refers to abnormal blood flow through your leg veins. It’s caused by weak valves that inhibit normal blood flow or a blood clot that blocks circulation. Chronic venous insufficiency causes swelling in your lower legs and ankles, changes in your skin, and varicose veins.
Venous stasis ulcers develop when you have untreated varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency. High pressure in your vein from both conditions forces fluids out of the vein and into the surrounding tissues, where it makes the skin break down and develop a sore. When you have an ambulatory phlebectomy to remove the veins responsible for the high venous pressure, it helps ulcers heal and prevents future wounds from forming.
Your Hampton Vein & Vascular provider administers local anesthesia and makes tiny needle punctures that are so small you won’t need stitches when the procedure is complete. The punctures or incisions also don’t leave noticeable scars. Large varicose veins are easily removed through tiny incisions because they collapse.
Using a specialized needle hook, your provider reaches through the punctures and removes the targeted veins. After your ambulatory phlebectomy, you may have mild pain and bruising, but you can immediately start walking around. You wear a compression stocking for 24 hours and can return to your normal activities as soon as the stocking is removed. Depending on the extent of your varicose veins, you may need multiple visits to remove all the veins.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is an option for removing bulging varicose veins, whether for cosmetic reasons or to relieve pain. If you’d like to learn whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure, call Hampton Vein & Vascular or schedule an appointment online.