Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure used to surgically remove larger varicose veins, particularly those that are bulging and protruding above the skin’s surface. This procedure involves tiny incisions and a tool that is inserted into the leg to remove the affected vein in small sections. Ultrasound imaging can be used to locate the vein and guide the procedure for greater precision and less trauma to the leg during treatment.
ABOUT THE PROCEDURE
At Advanced Vein Center, Dr. Abrahamsen performs ultrasound-guided ambulatory phlebectomy as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Because the incisions used to remove the vein are extremely small, patients do not have to worry about significant post-procedural scarring and pain. Since the vein is actually removed from the leg, results of the procedure are also considered permanent. UGFS is always used in conjunction with phlebectomy to ensure good results.
Ambulatory phlebectomy has replaced more invasive vein strippings and is used for the treatment of nearly all large varicose veins. We may also elect to perform a newer laser perforator ablation, which is less invasive. The procedure does not require general anesthesia and patients are typically back to regular activities by the next day. To find out if ultrasound-guided ambulatory phlebectomy is right for you, contact Advanced Vein Center at 207-772-1820.