What is an Ambulatory Phlebectomy?
An ambulatory phlebectomy is a minor surgical procedure used to eliminate superficial varicose veins that have become swollen and are bulging under the surface of the skin. A small 2-3 mm incision will be made in the skin directly above the vein, and a special tool will be used to collapse and remove the enlarged sections. This procedure is typically performed in our office with a local anesthetic, does not require stitches, and takes less than an hour in nearly all cases. There is very little recovery time required after an ambulatory phlebectomy.
How Can We Help?
This outpatient procedure is often used in conjunction with other treatments for varicose veins, including endovenous laser treatment. Complications are highly uncommon, and scarring is minimal — being a minimally invasive procedure, the risks associated with major surgery are not present. Patients typically will not need to suspend any normal activities following an ambulatory phlebectomy, though compression stockings or bandages must be worn for at least two weeks.
Who to Contact
Dr. Charlie Jones and Dr. Susan Hagen are general, vascular and thoracic surgeons with over 30 years of experience. To make an appointment, please call 303-443-2123.