Ambulatory micro-phlebectomy (AP) is used to treat bulging and visible varicose veins. It is usually performed as part of a comprehensive vein treatment plan. The procedure is performed in the office with local anesthesia. A series of small nicks about 2-3mm in length are made in the skin along the course of the vein. Using specialized instruments, the vein is carefully removed in small sections. Steri-strips (small pieces of tape) are placed over the tiny incisions. In most cases no sutures are necessary.
Following the procedure, the leg is wrapped in an Ace bandage for 48 hours and a compression stocking is worn for 7 days. Patients are encouraged to walk immediately following the procedure. There is no downtime from driving or routine daily activities. Full activities, including strenuous exercise, can be performed in 7 – 10 days. There is virtually no postoperative discomfort, and pain medications are rarely needed. The results are dramatic, as the once bulging, visible veins are now gone. Sometimes more than one AP procedure is necessary, depending on the extent of the problematic veins.
Ambulatory Micro-Phlebectomy treats the following conditions
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Micro-Phlebectomy for Varicose Veins