Why You May Require Phlebectomy and How it is Done


Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed to provide a solution to large and bulging varicose veins. It is also very effective in removing the veins using very few incisions. However, you do not have to be afraid if you are diagnosed with varicose veins because the Surgical Care East, PLLC team is experienced to ensure that the above procedure is successful. The team is also qualified to perform phlebectomy in an outpatient department.

What is phlebectomy?

It is a treatment option given to remove large and prominent varicose veins where these veins are removed through small incisions made on your skin. Before minimally invasive phlebectomy techniques were developed, surgeons used to remove the large and bulged veins by stripping them out of the leg. It is a procedure that caused some degree of scarring and was very painful. However, phlebectomy is much safer, faster, and requires less downtime. It also does not cause scarring and involves less pain compared to surgical stripping.

Why should I undergo a phlebectomy procedure?

When you are diagnosed with varicose veins, it makes you a candidate for phlebectomy because it is more effective in treating large varicose veins than other methods of treatment available. Varicose veins refer to twisting blue, red, or purple blood vessels visible on your skin. Most varicose veins also bulge on the skin and usually develop primarily because of a condition referred to as chronic venous insufficiency.

The one-way flow of blood back to your heart is not functioning as it should be if you have chronic venous insufficiency. Blood in your legs starts to pool, hence forming varicose veins. With the experienced team, you can get treatment, whether for cosmetic or medical purposes, by using techniques like sclerotherapy and endovenous ablation to treat many types of varicose veins. Sclerotherapy uses a chemical solution, but endovenous ablation uses laser or radiofrequency to close off the varicose veins, which after being treated they disappear. But in case your varicose veins become severe, phlebectomy might be a better option.

What takes place during the phlebectomy procedure?

Phlebectomy is a procedure that is usually carried out on an outpatient basis in most facilities. The team also ensures you are comfortable before starting the procedure. The health care provider starts by injecting local anesthesia like lidocaine into the skin around the area where varicose veins are present. After ensuring that your skin is numb, the provider makes small incisions on your skin close to where the large vein is situated. The diseased section of the vein is then pulled out through the tiny cuts made on the skin. Once the procedure is complete, you are allowed to go home. However, you are advised to take it easy on your leg for a few days before resuming back to your daily activities.

Therefore if you are experiencing pain or having unsightly varicose veins, call or visit Surgical Care East, PPLC today to have the large veins removed by phlebectomy. The procedure is performed in an outpatient department, and you are allowed to return home on the same day; hence not much of your time is consumed.