Varicose veins are bulging, twisted veins that appear on the legs due to weak valves that cause blood to pool in the lower extremities. Varicose veins are unsightly and can be uncomfortable or even painful. Phlebectomy is a procedure that can be performed to remove varicose veins, relieving discomfort and improving the appearance of your legs.
Candidates for phlebectomy do not smoke, are generally healthy, and have been properly diagnosed with varicose veins or venous insufficiency. Dr. Afzal will assess your condition during the initial consultation to determine if phlebectomy is a good treatment option. The symptoms of varicose veins may include the following:
A local anesthetic will first be administered for your comfort. Small incisions will be made near the vein, and an instrument called a phlebectomy hook is inserted. The hook is used to remove the varicose vein. The incisions used are very small and will not require stitches. The legs will be wrapped in compression stockings after treatment to help aid healing and circulation. Any post-procedure discomfort can be controlled with oral medications.
Phlebectomy can be completed in 60 to 90 minutes.
Recovery after a phlebectomy is minimal. Most patients can return to their regular activities within 24 hours, as long as they wear compression stockings, which will be worn for two to three weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for two weeks.
Patients may experience some redness and bruising in the treatment areas, but these effects are usually minor and temporary. Patients will experience smoother, more attractive legs, as well as improved circulation and a reduction in physical discomfort.