Varicose Vein Surgery
With ambulatory phlebectomy, a special light source marks the location of the vein. Tiny cuts are made in the skin, and surgical hooks pull the vein out of the leg. This surgery requires local or regional anesthesia. The vein usually is removed in one treatment. Very large varicose veins can be removed with this treatment while leaving only small scars. Patients can return to normal activity the day after treatment.
Possible side effects may include:
- Slight bruising
- Temporary numbness.
With endoscopic vein surgery, a small video camera is used to see inside the veins. Then varicose veins are removed through small cuts. People who have this surgery must have some kind of anesthesia, such as epidural, spinal, or general anesthesia.
Patients can return to normal activity within a few weeks.
Treatment for varicose veins can involve non-invasive options such as sclerotherapy or vein ablation, but for some people, surgery is a better option. Talk to your doctor about what treatment option is best for your particular situation and lifestyle.