Ambulatory phlebectomy is used to remove the veins near the surface of the legs. Phlebectomy is the procedure in which individual varicose and smaller veins are surgically removed with a series of tiny skin punctures. Phlebectomy is done in the office under local anesthesia because skin incisions or needle punctures as small as 1 mm are used to extract veins with a phlebectomy hook.

A patient can leave the office with only small bandages or stockings to provide pressure on the openings. After treatment, a compression bandage and/or compression stocking are worn (usually for 1-2 weeks after the procedure). Activity is often encouraged after this type of surgery so that blood is pushed more quickly through the veins reducing the chance for blood clots and swelling. Possible complications of ambulatory phlebectomy are allergic reaction to the local anesthetic and local numbness.

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