Side Effects of Ambulatory Phlebectomy

Ambulatory Phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that removes superficial veins through small incisions in the skin. During the procedure, the doctor marks the veins that are going to be treated, injects local anesthesia into the skin and surgically removes the bulging veins, segment by segment, through the small incision. Following the procedure, the patient wears compression stocking for about a week.

Potential side effects of Ambulatory Phlebectomy can include temporary bruising and swelling of the treated areas. You will be able to walk immediately after the surgery, but exercise and heavy lifting will be limited for a few days. Usually the small incisions will heal without sutures and after six to 12 months, vanish. Although every attempt is made to remove the entire varicose vein, there may be small segments of the vein that remain in the skin. Over-the-counter medication, compression stockings and time usually resolve this condition. If it persists, a follow up procedure can be performed.

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