Ambulatory Phelbectomy – Overview & Am I A Candidate?

As a leading vein center we treat many patients that have trouble with Varicose and Spider Veins in Chicago, IL and the NW Suburbs around Elgin, IL. During a free vein consult our vein doctor will take a closer look at the affected veins and determine the best treatment for your specific situation. This post will dive into Ambulatory Phlebectomy though we frequently perform Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) and Sclerotherapy as well.

What Is Ambulatory Phlebectomy?

Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to permanently remove problem varicose veins under local anesthesia. The doctor creates a small puncture in the skin and uses a specialized hook to pull the vein out from the body. Because the puncture is so small, stiches are not required though the doctor will put a Band-aid over the puncture. Most patients without allergies to local anesthesia are eligible for an Ambulatory Phlebectomy. This procedure is generally completed in the clinic and has a success rate of over 90%.

Following the procedure, you will wear compression stockings for a week. Potential side effects include bruising or swelling at the treated area, but you will be able to walk immediately after the procedure. Your doctor will likely recommend that you avoid exercise and heavy lifting for a few days.

Who Is A Candidate?

This procedure is used for varicose veins, especially those that are bulging through the skin, and not for spider veins. It is used to remove branching varicose veins in the thighs, groin, or feet and can be used in conjunction with procedures such as EVLT and as an alternative to sclerotherapy when vein issues persist after treatment.

To find out if this is the right procedure for you, schedule a FREE vein consult with Dr. Salvador Yunez at either of our Chicago, IL locations or at our Elgin, IL location by requesting an appointment.