Ambulatory phlebectomy is the method of choice for surgical removal of veins.
This procedure is usually done in an ambulatory setting using general, epidural, spinal, or local anesthesia. Surgeons make tiny incisions and typically use no stitches to close the incisions. The scars are small, and become less perceptible as they heal. If a surgeon detects a valve problem on preoperative testing, small incisions are made to correct this problem at the same time.
Post-operative recovery can include temporary bruising or discoloration, numbness, and areas that appear lumpy. These effects are temporary and should resolve as the healing process occurs. To help the healing process along, doctors prescribe post-operative compression stockings.
Last updated: 26-May-04