Ambulatory phlebectomy is an office-based, outpatient surgical procedure for removing surface varicose veins. The objective is to completely remove the diseased veins from the body, segment by segment.
Using local or regional anesthesia, the physician creates tiny punctures in the leg. Because even damaged veins are very collapsible, the physician is able to pull the veins out through incisions so tiny that stitches are not required. Your body will divert blood flow to your remaining, healthy veins.
After the procedure, a bandage and compression stocking are applied and the patient can return home. Post-operative pain and swelling is typically minimal, especially if the compression stocking is worn as directed (typically one week). Patients may resume normal, non-strenuous activities the same day.