What is phlebectomy?
Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure generally used for ropey varicose veins at the surface of the skin. It is used on veins too large to treat with sclerotherapy, yet too small to treat with laser ablation.
In this procedure, the area around the vein is numbed using a local anesthetic. Through a series of tiny incisions, the troublesome vein is removed in segments. Phlebectomy may be performed at the same time as laser treatment for a more comprehensive treatment of your varicose veins.
Why would you need phlebectomy?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins most commonly appearing in the legs and feet. For many people, there are no symptoms and varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern. In some cases, they cause aching pain and discomfort or signal an underlying problem with circulation. Treatment involves compression stockings, exercise, or procedures to close or remove the veins.
If you have varicose veins that need to be treated, you can schedule an appointment at RIA Endovascular to evaluate your legs and recommend a treatment plan.
Our ability to use imaging guidance and cutting-edge technology minimizes patient risk. Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you.
Conditions to let us know about
Let your doctor know if you currently are pregnant or breast feeding, feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners.
Phlebectomy is covered by most private insurance providers as well as Medicare. We will seek authorization from your insurance company prior to your procedure.
Preparing for your procedure
If you are on blood thinners your doctor will instruct you if you need to stop these medications prior to the procedure. If your procedure requires sedation, then you will need a responsible adult to give you a ride home.
Recovering from your procedure
You may possibly receive mild to moderate sedation during your procedure. You will stay in the recovery area until you are ready for discharge. You will be given written post procedure discharge instructions that will advise you about return to normal physical activity. If you have any questions after your procedure, please call the RIA Interventional Suite at 720-493-3406.