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Phlebectomy (also known as microphlebectomy, ambulatory phlebectomy, or stab
avulsion) is a technique to remove
varicose veins. In this procedure, several tiny
cuts (incisions) are made in the skin through which the varicosed vein is removed.
Stitches usually are not required.
This procedure typically does not require a stay in the hospital. It may be done in your doctor's office under light sedation with
Phlebectomy might be done along with another treatment for varicose veins, including ligation and stripping, laser treatment, or radiofrequency treatment.
Phlebectomy usually does not lead to complications. Possible
complications include short-term skin color change, infection, pain, and tiny
red spider veins.
Phlebectomy can help improve the cosmetic appearance of skin after treatment.1 But this procedure is less likely to
fix varicose veins when the leg veins are not working well. Because that is the case for most varicose veins, this
procedure is usually used along with other treatments, such as ligation and stripping, laser treatment, or radiofrequency treatment.
For help deciding whether to have a procedure for varicose veins, see:
Tisi P (2011). Varicose veins, search date January 2010. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
Other Works Consulted
Kundu S, et al. (2010). Multi-disciplinary quality improvement guidelines for the treatment of lower extremity superficial venous insufficiency with ambulatory phlebectomy from the Society of Interventional Radiology, Cardiovascular Interventional Radiological Society of Europe, American College of Phlebology, and Canadian Interventional Radiology Association. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 21(1): 1–13.
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
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