What to expect from Ambulatory Phlebectomy Treatment?
What to Expect After Phlebectomy?
You will be observed for a short time to ensure there are no immediate complications. Once cleared, you can go home on the same day.
- Engage in light walking and leg movement to promote blood circulation
- Avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for a few days to allow your body to heal
- You must wear compression stockings to support healing and reduce swelling
- Be sure to follow your vein doctor’s guidance on when and how long to wear them
- Some discomfort or mild pain is normal after ambulatory phlebectomy
- Over-the-counter pain relievers or medications prescribed by your vein doctor can help manage post-treatment discomfort
Ambulatory Phlebectomy Aftercare Guidelines
Eliminate Superficial Varicose Veins With Ambulatory Phlebectomy at Vein Treatment Clinic
Ambulatory Phlebectomy Treatment FAQ
Is vein stripping the same as phlebectomy?
Vein stripping is an older, more invasive technique that involves the complete removal of a diseased vein from the leg. During this procedure, a surgeon makes multiple incisions and physically removes the problematic vein by pulling it out of the leg. This can result in a longer recovery period, more significant scarring, and a higher risk of complications.
In contrast, phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure. Small incisions are made, and the superficial varicose veins are delicately removed using specialized instruments, leaving behind minimal scarring and allowing for a quicker recovery. Ambulatory phlebectomy is safer and more effective than vein stripping, and it doesn’t involve hospitalization or extensive downtime.
What is a stab phlebectomy?
A stab phlebectomy is yet another name for ambulatory phlebectomy. During this procedure, tiny incisions, or “stabs,” are made over the varicose veins, following which specialized hooks or micro-hooks are used to remove the veins. Stab phlebectomy is effective for eliminating superficial varicose veins, offers minimal scarring, and typically results in a faster recovery compared to traditional vein surgery.
Is a phlebectomy painful?
During a phlebectomy, patients typically experience minimal discomfort rather than intense pain. Local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area, making the procedure well-tolerated. Afterward, some individuals may feel mild soreness, bruising, or discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications. The level of discomfort varies among individuals, but it is generally considered manageable.
How long does a phlebectomy take?
The duration of a phlebectomy procedure typically varies based on the number and size of varicose veins being treated. On average, a single phlebectomy can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. However, the overall time spent in the vein clinic may be longer due to pre-operative preparations and post-operative monitoring. The exact duration of the procedure will be discussed during your consultation and will depend on your specific case.
How long does it take to recover from a phlebectomy?
Recovery time after a phlebectomy is relatively short compared to more invasive procedures. Most individuals can resume normal daily activities immediately after the procedure. However, strenuous workouts should be avoided for a few days, and the patient must follow the vein doctor’s aftercare guidelines for a few days or weeks. The exact recovery duration may vary depending on factors like the number of veins treated, individual healing rates, and adherence to aftercare guidelines. Complete recovery usually takes a few weeks.
How much does ambulatory phlebectomy cost?
The cost of ambulatory phlebectomy can vary significantly, depending on several factors, including the geographic location, the extent of the procedure, the vein clinic, and your insurance coverage. Please consult your vein doctor to obtain specific cost estimates and discuss available payment options or coverage. Vein Treatment Clinic accepts all major insurances, and we also offer free insurance verification before your appointment.