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Ambulatory Phlebectomy

What is ambulatory phlebectomy?

This minimally invasive treatment allows the permanent removal of a varicose vein with very small incisions made along the vein. Ambulatory phlebectomy is frequently used in combination with or after other procedures that close veins, such as endovenous laser ablation (EVLA). While EVLA is slightly less invasive and usually the first choice for vein treatment, ambulatory phlebectomy is a safe procedure that may be necessary to achieve optimal results for some patients.

The ambulatory phlebectomy procedure 

As with every procedure we provide our patients, we customize the ambulatory phlebectomy procedure to your specific needs. Any patient who is concerned about the appearance of varicose veins is likely to be a good candidate for this procedure, but each patient is carefully screened prior to the treatment.

During your consultation, we will assess the condition of your varicose vein to determine whether vein phlebectomy is right for your needs.

The procedure is performed using local anesthesia. After sterilizing the area to be treated, anesthetic fluid is used to anesthetize the skin right over the targeted vein. Very tiny incisions are made with a precision instrument that minimizes the size of the incision, then another instrument is placed under the skin to remove a length of the vein. This is repeated until the entire length of the vein is removed. Sterile bandages are applied on the incision and the leg is wrapped in a compression wrap.

After the ambulatory phlebectomy procedure, you can resume normal activities. Most patients will not need any prescription pain medication, and a few patients may want to use an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce minor pain. We will schedule a follow-up appointment with you once the procedure is completed.

The advantages of ambulatory phlebectomy

Ambulatory phlebectomy offer excellent cosmetic and clinic results. It also offers these advantages:

  • Result are immediate
  • Low risk of bruising or changes in color of nearby skin
  • Scarring is minimal
  • No sutures are required
  • There is minimal discomfort
  • You may resume your normal activities right away

Contact our vascular specialists to learn more.

Our board-certified interventional radiologists are experts in non- and minimally-invasive vascular procedures, and offer the most advanced vein treatments. If you would like to learn more about ambulatory phlebectomy or find out if it’s right for you, please contact our Jacksonville vein clinic for a free vein assessment.


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