If you have spider veins and varicose veins that are unresponsive to laser vein treatment, Dr. Katzen may recommend the ambulatory phlebectomy procedure to treat spider veins and varicose veins. This is an outpatient procedure that involves making small incisions to collapse the vein. Even large, bulging veins can be treated with this procedure that involves making small incisions under local anesthesia and can restore optimal blood flow to the legs. The ambulatory phlebotomy procedure boasts fewer risks and pain than traditional surgery, and can be performed within an hour right in Dr. Katzen’s office.
The Ambulatory Phlebectomy Procedure
This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Dr. Katzen will need to determine which veins to treat while preserving surrounding tissue and healthy veins. He will make a set of small incisions in the treatment area and use a surgical hook to extract the damaged veins in small sections. Most patients do not experience any discomfort during the procedure because it is performed under local anesthesia. You will need to wear compression stockings for up to a week after surgery to reduce discomfort and minimize swelling.
After the damaged veins have been removed, healthier veins in the legs will absorb any excess blood and healthy blood flow can be restored.
Recovery after Ambulatory Phlebectomy
The recovery process for patients undergoing the ambulatory phlebotomy procedure can be fairly short and most patients will be able to resume regular activities immediately after the procedure. You will need to avoid exercising and any type of heavy lifting for at least two weeks after the procedure. Incisions typically heal over completely within six to twelve months, and some patients may experience some mild skin pigmentation which resolves itself within a few days.
Ambulatory phlebectomy offers permanent results for most patients, but some patients may end up developing new varicose veins after treatment. Maintaining healthy weight and active lifestyle can reduce the risk of new vein development.
Risks Associated with an Ambulatory Phlebectomy Procedure
Even though this type of vein treatment is considered to be safe, there are some risks and complications associated with any type of surgery. Some risks include swelling, bruising, and incomplete removal of damaged veins. This can cause some irritation and swelling. However, these side effects can be minimized with compression garments and pain medication. If you have any type of active infection or rash, you must have that treated before you undergo this procedure.
Are you looking for an effective Beverly Hills vein treatment? Set up a consultation for the ambulatory phlebectomy procedure with Dr. Katzen today!
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