what is phlebectomy?

Phlebectomy is only used to treat small varicose veins. It is performed on an outpatient basis. A local anaesthetic is applied during the procedure so that the patient feels no pain. Pieces of the diseased veins are then removed through small incisions.

Before the procedure, the veins will be marked, then the treatment site will be cleaned and anesthetized. You will stay awake, but patients report mild pain after the local anesthetic is administered. A series of small incisions is made to provide access to the veins with a surgical hook. The vein is then disrupted and the vein segments are removed.

How is the recovery?

Patients can return to normal activity almost immediately, but prescription compression stockings should be worn. Socks should be worn for at least a week to reduce swelling and discomfort. Small incisions result in minimal scarring, no need for stitches and look like freckles within a few weeks

Are there any side effects?

Common side effects include pain and swelling, but this is usually prevented as long as the patient wears the prescribed compression stockings. Anti-inflammatory medication may be used to reduce these side effects. Other side effects include bruising around the treatment site. Allergic reactions to the anesthetic can also occur, so be sure to discuss any allergies or concerns before the procedure.