Varicose Vein Surgery
Ambulatory PhlebectomyWith 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.
Endoscopic Vein SurgeryWith 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.