If you have varicose veins, you have a variety of treatment options, such as ambulatory phlebectomy and endovenous laser therapy. The number of treatment options available allows patients to choose the one that best fits with their lifestyle and that will best help resolve their vein issues. When you are considering working with a vein center and treating your varicose veins, here are a few reasons to consider ambulatory phlebectomy.
Some varicose veins respond better to different treatments than others. For example, sclerotherapy is typically only recommended for the smallest of varicose veins or for spider veins, a related problem. On the other hand, ambulatory phlebectomy, also called a micro-phlebectomy, is usually recommended to patients who have medium sized or larger veins. The treatment is most effective on larger varicose veins that are near the surface of the skin. It works on veins that are causing cosmetic concerns and it can also help treat varicose veins that are causing some physical symptoms.
Micro-phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t take a lot of time to perform. The surgeon uses a local anesthetic during it to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Tiny incisions are made along the vein, which is then removed using a special hook.
Generally, the procedure takes less than 45 minutes. Typically, patients get to return home about 30 minutes after their treatment. That means you can be in and out of the vein center in under two hours.
No lengthy recovery period is needed after micro-phlebectomy. If you want, you can return to work or your other daily activities the day after your treatment. Complications and side effects from the surgery are usually rare. The most common side effect is some bruising or swelling, but that usually subsides after about two days. Your vein doctor will recommend wearing compression stockings afterwards to help improve your results and to reduce discomfort. Otherwise, you won’t have to make any major changes to your daily life.
The results from ambulatory phlebectomy are long lasting. It is unlikely that the treated veins will recur, although you might develop new varicose veins at some point in your life. Some patients decide to combine the surgery with other vein treatments, but plenty of people get the results they want from a single treatment.
With so many varicose vein treatments available, getting as much information about each option as you can helps you make an informed decision. To learn more about your treatment options, call 859-286-7333 today to schedule a consultation with the vein doctors at Vascular and Interventional Associates in Crestview, KY.