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Ambulatory Phlebectomy for Houston, TX Patients

Premier Vein & Vascular Center is committed to delivering outstanding medical care and varicose vein treatment to our patients. Houston, TX trusts our health facility to provide compassionate and certified care for a variety of vascular concerns. We’re especially proud of our reputation for remedying the effects of large, unsightly varicose veins, which cause both psychological and physiological hardships for our patients. Ambulatory phlebectomy reduces the symptoms of varicose veins and is minimally-invasive. We can get rid of the superficial veins found throughout the body – though typically the legs. To learn more about ambulatory phlebectomy and its uses and advantages, read below.

What Are Some Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are visually prominent, but a lot is going on beneath the surface. Before we move forward with any varicose vein treatments, we need to assess the damage. For that, one of our specialists performs a diagnostic exam using an ultrasound. That way, we gain a clearer picture of what’s going on with your vascular system. Many of our patients suffer from more than aesthetic difficulties as a result of varicose veins. It’s wise to give Premier Vein & Vascular Center a call if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms. Varicose or spider veins may cause:

  • Leg cramps
  • Itching, burning, and swelling
  • Numbness
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Aches and pains
  • Heavy leg sensations
  • Leg fatigue

Who is a Good Candidate for Ambulatory Phlebectomy?

Anybody who has bulging varicose veins is a candidate. If the veins aren’t pronounced enough, our doctors might elect to try a different method, such as ultrasound guided sclerothearpy. Ambulatory phlebectomy is minimally invasive, and involves removing the vein through tiny incisions after the skin is numbed with local anesthetic. Our team runs through your options – and whether you qualify for this vein treatment – in one of your initial appointments.

How Does Ambulatory Phlebectomy Work?

Ambulatory phlebectomy isn’t a single-step process. Instead, it is a multi-faceted procedure that begins during the planning stages. We’ll use a variety of examination and diagnostic tools to determine whether the varicose vein is the sole cause of your symptoms or if there are other veins at fault. We also look for clots or deep veins and eliminate other procedures as possibilities. The process itself occurs in three stages:

  • We must treat and outline all the affected veins.
  • Our doctors inject local anesthesia under the skin, so you feel no pain.
  • Premier Vein & Vascular Center specialists remove bulging veins by using small incisions.

How Long is the Recovery Period?

Fortunately, ambulatory phlebectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure, which means it includes a short recovery period. We place a compression stocking on the leg immediately following the surgery. From there, you will need to rest for the rest of the day.  By the next day you may return to your normal activities.  You can expect some bruising and swelling, but the compression stocking eliminates most of the pain.  As with pre-procedure, our doctors let you know what to do and expect in the days and weeks following the procedure.

What are the Potential Complications?

Ambulatory phlebectomy is a medical procedure, which means there are some risks associated with it. However, in the hands of Premier Vein & Vascular Center’s doctors, the chances are minimized. Still, we want you to understand the risks, even if they’re far-fetched. Some possible side-effects include:

  • Temporary bruising and swelling
  • Inflammation, which is caused by small vein segments left over from the procedure
  • Injury to the surrounding sensory nerves
  • Allergic reactions to the anesthesia
  • Bleeding from the incisions in the day or two after the procedure

Vein Treatments for Houston, TX-Area Patients

While Premier Vein & Vascular Center believes in the efficiency of ambulatory phlebectomy, it’s not the only option available to our Houston, TX patients. Vein treatments like endovenous thermal ablation, and sclerotherapy all have positive impacts in removing varicose veins and improving the lives of our patients. Premier Vein & Vascular Center’s team of qualified medical professionals is ready to perform whatever procedure you need. Contact us today to get started.