Minor Surgical Procedure
$2000 - $5000
What is ambulatory phlebectomy for varicose veins?
An ambulatory phlebectomy for varicose veins is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure to immediately and permanently remove varicose veins. Varicose veins are most common in the legs and are caused by blood vessels with poor valve function and impaired blood flow leading to blood pools, which can be due to chronic venous insufficiency.
Once a medical assessment has been performed to determine the cause of the varicose veins, an ambulatory phlebectomy can be used to effectively and permanently remove them. More invasive procedures like the ligation and veinstripping methods may require a vascular surgeon. There are numerous treatment options including laser treatments, RF energy, and foam sclerotherapy.
What cosmetic concerns does ambulatory phlebectomy procedure treat?
- Veins: Small incisions and surgical removal of the varicose vein in an ambulatory phlebectomy varicose vein treatment allows for permanent and immediate removal of the bulging veins.
Who is the ideal candidate for an ambulatory phlebectomy procedure?
The ideal candidate for an ambulatory phlebectomy has large, visible varicose veins in the legs, and has ruled out an underlying medical condition. An ambulatory phlebectomy is not recommended for those with poor circulation, lymphedema, skin infections, AV fistulas, a history of blood clots, or women who are pregnant.
What is the average recovery associated with an ambulatory phlebectomy procedure?
Most patients experience a few weeks of recovery following an ambulatory phlebectomy. The majority of candidates return to work after one week. Compression stockings are to be worn for one to three weeks, and legs should remain elevated whenever possible. Additionally, long periods of standing should be avoided.
What are the potential side effects of an ambulatory phlebectomy procedure?
Possible side effects following an ambulatory phlebectomy include bleeding, hematoma formation, edema, scarring, blisters, trauma induced spider veins, and nerve injury with sensory disturbances.
What can someone expect from the results of an ambulatory phlebectomy procedure?
The results of an ambulatory phlebectomy are immediate, permanent removal of the varicose vein. If the underlying cause of the varicose vein was circulatory, however, and it is not addressed, recurrence is possible.
What is the average cost of an ambulatory phlebectomy procedure?
An ambulatory phlebectomy can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. The actual cost of an ambulatory phlebectomy is dependent upon location, healthcare provider, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.
What to Expect
An ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally invasive surgery that removes varicose veins for improved body contours. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an ambulatory phlebectomy.
No special measures need to be taken before treatment.
- Treatment area cleansed and numbed
- Small incisions made along varicose vein
- Vein is dissected in small sections through incisions
- Procedure lasts between 60-120 minutes
- Compressive dressings applied once procedure is complete
Immediately After Treatment
- Bruising and swelling
- Minor discomfort
An ambulatory phlebectomy for varicose veins is a less invasive treatment for permanent removal of undesirable bulging, prominent veins.