At MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA, we offer ambulatory phlebectomy as a minimally invasive procedure that can help address the appearance and symptoms of varicose veins. We’d like to describe the step-by-step process of how this vein treatment is performed so you know what to expect, as well as discuss some of the key benefits you can look forward to!
How Is Ambulatory Phlebectomy Done?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that can be done under local anesthesia, meaning that the treatment area will be numbed, but the patient will remain conscious throughout the procedure. This helps minimize the risks and side effects that can be associated with general anesthesia and makes this a safe and simple treatment.
After the anesthesia is administered, we will wait a few minutes to ensure that the treatment area is fully numbed before starting.
The first step is to make small incisions in the skin over the affected vein. The number of incisions made will depend on the size and location of the vein being treated. These incisions are typically less than 1/8th of an inch in size and do not require sutures or stitches.
Removing the Vein
Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will use a small hook or another specialized instrument to carefully remove the damaged vein. The hook is inserted into the incision and used to gently pull the vein out of the leg. The damaged vein is removed in segments through the small incisions.
After the damaged vein has been removed, the incisions are closed using sterile bandages. These small adhesive bandages help keep the skin closed and aid in the healing process. We’ll advise you to keep the incision sites clean and dry and to avoid strenuous activities for a few days after the procedure, but there’s really not much you need to worry about in the way of downtime or disruption to your routine.
The Benefits of Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Ambulatory phlebectomy has a number of benefits, including:
- A minimally invasive procedure that can be done under local anesthesia
- Can be done on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the same day
- Incisions made during the procedure are small and do not require sutures or stitches
- Minimal discomfort and bruising, if any
- Very high success rate
- Ends the swelling and pain of varicose veins
- Restores a smooth, vein-free look to the leg
Who Is a Good Candidate for Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
This treatment is a good option for anyone who is seeking to address the appearance and symptoms of varicose veins. Varicose veins can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including pain, swelling, and fatigue in the legs. They can also be unsightly and impact your confidence and quality of life.
It is important to note that while this procedure is minimally invasive, it is still a medical procedure and should be performed by a qualified professional. That’s why your first step will be to come to talk to us. We will evaluate your condition and medical history to determine if ambulatory phlebectomy is a safe and appropriate treatment for you, and we’ll also let you know about the other options we offer that can give you the smooth, vein-free legs you’re looking for.
Preparing for Your Vein Treatment
Before undergoing ambulatory phlebectomy, patients will need to follow a few simple guidelines to ensure a safe and successful procedure. These guidelines may include the following:
- Avoiding blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, for several days before the procedure
- Wearing loose-fitting clothing to the appointment
- Arranging for transportation to and from the appointment
We’ll let you know if there are any other guidelines that might be specific to your unique situation.
Recovery after ambulatory phlebectomy is generally quick and straightforward. Patients can typically return to work and their normal activities the following day. However, it is important to avoid strenuous activities for at least a week. Patients are also advised to wear compression stockings for a week or two after the procedure to help support the healing process. We’ll provide detailed aftercare instructions and will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins occur when the one-way valves inside the veins fail to work correctly, allowing blood to flow backward and pool in the veins. This can cause the veins to become stretched and enlarged, leading to their characteristic bulging and twisting appearance.
Several factors can increase the risk of developing varicose veins, including:
As we age, the valves in our veins can simply become weaker, making it more likely for blood to flow backward and pool in the veins.
Varicose veins run in families, meaning that if your parents or siblings have varicose veins, you may be more likely to develop them as well. No one is sure at this time what exactly genetics has to do with it, but if you have close family with vein issues, don’t be surprised if you develop them.
Women are more likely than men to develop varicose veins due to hormonal changes that can weaken the vein walls.
Obesity and Pregnancy
Excess weight can put extra pressure on the veins, making it more difficult for blood to flow through them. Pregnancy can put extra pressure on the veins in the legs for the same reason; plus, the hormonal changes of pregnancy tend to make vein issues more likely.
How to Prevent Varicose Veins
While some risk factors for varicose veins, such as genetics and age, cannot be changed, there are several steps that you can take to reduce your risk of developing varicose veins:
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Excess weight can put extra pressure on the veins in your legs, making it more difficult for blood to flow through them, and more likely the valves will fail.
Regular exercise can help improve blood flow and keep your veins healthy. This doesn’t have to be extreme exercise, either: just walking regularly is very helpful.
Wearing Compression Stockings
Compression stockings are designed to help improve blood flow and prevent blood from pooling in the veins. If you’re just starting to have issues, these can help.
Changing Your Position Regularly
Sitting or standing for long periods can put extra pressure on the veins in your legs. Whenever you can, sit down, walk around, and otherwise change up your position.
Elevating Your Legs
Elevating your legs above your heart for several minutes each day can help improve blood flow and reduce the risk of varicose veins.
Consider an Easy, Minimally Invasive Procedure
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure and a good option for anyone who is seeking to address their varicose veins. It can help you enjoy smooth, vein-free legs and renewed confidence. Plus, if varicose veins are causing you pain, heaviness, or itching, this procedure can bring relief. If you are interested in learning more about this or any of the other vein treatments we offer, contact MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Milford, PA today to schedule a consultation.