Phlebectomy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure in the doctor’s office. It involves removing or interrupting superficial veins through a small incision in the skin. The procedures usually involves several different steps:
- Identifying, outlining and marking of the veins that are to be treated
- The use of localized numbing in the area of the incision
- Removal or interrupting of the bulging vein, section by section through the small incision
- The use of compression stockings at least 30 days following surgery
Since phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure, it is often used after other more non-invasive procedures are considered first. Typically, a phlebectomy is reserved for severe vein bulging and may be used in conjunction with other procedures as well.
Since localized numbing is used during a phlebectomy, the procedure itself is rarely painful. However, in post surgical recovery, there might be some mild discomfort and pain. It will also require the use of compression garments to be used in the healing process.
Some bruising and swelling is normal for this procedure, though it is temporary and should not last more than a few days. Daily activities can continue almost immediately following surgery, with the exception of exercise and heavy lifting.
Since the varicose veins are removed or interrupted, depending upon factors such as genetics, and personal history, new varicose veins may appear over time in the same area.