Varicose veins are a common medical problem that takes place when the walls lining a vein become weakened. These veins are typically found in the legs, but they can develop practically anywhere on the body.
While they not dangerous in most cases, many patients find them to be unsightly and a sign of aging.
An ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that is carried out to reduce the visibility of these veins or completely remove them altogether.
Am I a Candidate?
Almost anyone that is unhappy with the appearance of their varicose veins may make a good candidate for ambulatory phlebectomy, but a careful screening must be carried out before moving forward with your treatment.
You and the surgeon will need to confirm a few important details such as the cause of the varicose veins, if any clots exist, and if any other veins need to be treated higher up in the circulatory system.
As a general rule, this may not be a good procedure for anyone that cannot walk on their own or put on compression socks.
Are There Any Risks?
With the proper screening and an experienced surgeon, patients will be glad to hear that there are few risks associated with this procedure, and it has a very high success rate.
Some patients experience temporary redness and numbness due to nearby nerves being injured.
With the proper aftercare, the likelihood of an infection or any other complications is quite low.
The Ambulatory Phlebectomy
The specifics of this procedure will depend on the patient’s preferences, the amount of veins that are to be removed, and a variety of other factors.
Small incisions are made, and the damaged veins are then removed.
Recovering from Your Ambulatory Phlebectomy
Due to the nature of this procedure, patients must carefully follow all instructions given to them by their surgeon to avoid any serious complications.
Normal daily activities can be resumed sometime after the procedure, and patients may need to wear compression garments at all times.
Since everyone’s circumstances are different, recovery time may vary. Speak with the surgeon regarding the recovery process and any follow-up procedures.
If you have been dealing with varicose veins and have been looking for a solution, ambulatory phlebectomy may be the treatment for you. Contact Miami Vein Center today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Almeida, a board certified vascular surgeon.
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