Micro Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small scalpel or needle to remove varicose veins on the surface of the leg. It's highly successful when performed in patients who are good candidates.
The procedure may be performed with tumescent or local anesthesia. It is called ambulatory phlebectomy because patients usually return to normal daily activity immediately after the procedure which therefore may be performed in hospital or clinic settings.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is considered to be more effective than sclerotherapy.
Graded compression stockings are usually worn for 1–2 weeks after the procedure but compression bandages may also be used. This procedure is often used as an adjunct to endovenous laser treatment or other endovenous ablations of the greater saphenous vein.
What are the potential complications of ambulatory phlebectomy?
• Temporary bruising and swelling.
• Inflammation caused by small segments of vein that remain in the skin.
• Skin numbness caused by injury to adjoining sensory nerves.
• Allergic reaction to local anesthesia.
What can I expect after having had an ambulatory phlebectomy?
Patients can walk immediately after surgery and carry on normal daily activities. Patients must wear the graduated compression stockings as directed by their doctor. Temporary bruising and swelling in the treatment area is normal. Pain is generally minimal as long as graduated compression stockings are worn.