What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins that generally occur in the legs or feet due to the increased pressure of standing and walking. Sometimes, varicose veins occur at the same time as spider veins, usually causing a cosmetic concern. In other cases, these vein problems can lead to pain or further complications. The dermatologists at Hollywood Dermatology are experienced in treating varicose veins with ambulatory phlebectomy and endovenous ablation.
What is an ambulatory phlebectomy?
An ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure that removes small varicose veins that are visible on the surface of the legs. The procedure can be done in an office setting under local anesthesia, and only requires a few small, slit-like incisions in the treatment area. The minimally invasive procedure is highly successful at removing varicose veins.
Why is an ambulatory phlebectomy performed?
An ambulatory phlebectomy may be performed on varicose veins that are:
- Superficial (or skin-level)
- Not connected to any other veins that need treatment first
- Not debilitating
To determine whether you are a good candidate for an ambulatory phlebectomy, speak with one of our experienced staff members at Hollywood Dermatology.
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What does an ambulatory phlebectomy involve?
During an ambulatory phlebectomy, your physician will numb certain areas of your leg with a local anesthetic. These areas are where your doctor will make the small incisions through which the unhealthy veins are extracted. Once the anesthetic is given, your doctor uses a tiny hook to remove the veins through the small punctures. As your body recovers, the blood will naturally reroute to a healthier vein, and circulation may improve. After the procedure, patients are able to immediately return to normal activities.
Are there any side effects of ambulatory phlebectomy?
Some of the potential side effects of the procedure may include the following, which typically occur near the treatment area:
What are the benefits of an ambulatory phlebectomy?
Benefits of undergoing an ambulatory phlebectomy at Hollywood Dermatology include the following:
- Performed as an outpatient procedure
- Minimally invasive
- Causes little or no scarring
- Involves no general anesthesia (only local anesthesia used on the treatment area)
- Delivers long-lasting results