Varicose veins are a common vascular condition that can be painful, cosmetically displeasing and challenging to treat. At Miami Vein Center, our ambulatory phlebectomy procedures safely and effectively remove these damaged veins with minimal recovery time.
Serving the greater Miami area in Southern Florida, Miami Vein Center is led by board certified vascular surgeon Dr. Jose Almeida. Contact us today to schedule a miami vascular consultation and find out if ambulatory phlebectomy is right for you.
What is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
Typically an outpatient procedure, ambulatory phlebectomy can be performed at Miami Vein Center or at a hospital, depending on patient preference. During this procedure, Dr. Almeida will mark the affected veins with a marker while the patient is standing up, as veins deflate when the body is in a horizontal position.
Once the affected veins have been identified, Dr. Almeida will make small, slit-like incisions in the skin. For larger varicose veins, incisions may need to be slightly larger. Surgical hooks and needles are then used to extract the damaged vein. Incisions are carefully placed and usually result in minimal visible scarring.
Ambulatory phlebectomy is often used in conjunction with ablation procedures that close veins using either radiofrequency or laser technology in order to maximize results. These options can be discussed prior to treatment.
Am I a Good Candidate for Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
During your consultation, Dr. Almeida will thoroughly examine the severity of your varicose veins to determine if ambulatory phlebectomy is right for you. You will undergo a full screening to detect any underlying medical conditions before treatment is approved, and factors such as your overall health, medical and family history and personal preferences will be assessed to determine which course of treatment is right for you.
What is the Recovery Like?
After your procedure, compression stockings may be issued to help maintain circulation throughout healing. Bandages may be placed over incisions, but typically no sutures are used for smaller incisions. Temporary bruising and swelling and slight inflammation are common during healing, and any discomfort is typically controlled through pain medication. Doctor Almeida will instruct you on any aftercare instructions for your incisions as well as all possible risks and side effects that may apply to you.
Although it is possible for new varicose veins to develop in the future, Dr. Almeida will treat your vascular condition at the source to minimize the risk of recurrence or vascular surgery.
Contact Miami Vein Treatment Center today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Almeida and find out if ambulatory phlebectomy is right for you.