What is Phlebectomy?
All you wanted to know about Phlebectomy
If you or someone close to you has got varicose veins and are you are looking for an effective treatment to get rid of these ugly looking, painful veins on your legs or thighs, you may consider getting Phlebectomy. The treatment offers a good choice for treating both symptomatic and asymptomatic superficial veins from the body.
What is Phlebectomy?
Also called as ambulatory Phlebectomy, it is an outpatient procedure for removing superficial veins by making small, slit like incisions in the skin. The treatment is usually performed for removing varicose veins and larger veins that appear above the surface of the skin. It is normally not used on smaller veins.
The procedure of ambulatory Phlebectomy can be divided in to four steps. The first step involves identifying the veins to be treated and then marking the veins for their precise removal. The second step involved injecting the local anaesthesia into the veins. In the third step, the bulging veins are surgically removed, segment by segment. The fourth and the final step involves making the patient wear compression stockings for a week following the surgery.
The whole procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and the patients do not experience any pain or physical discomfort. Plus, the treatment is minimally invasive and doesn’t require any sutures. It is easily performed in the doctor’s clinic and the patients are allowed to go back home the same day. Patients are able to resume their normal activities within 24 hours of the surgery. Strenuous activities are however limited for about 2 weeks.
Who is the best candidate?
While some people choose to get phlebectomy for cosmetic reasons, others go for it to reduce the potential risks associated with varicose veins and spider veins. Untreated veins lead to inflammation, pain, and discolouration. They also affect the flow of blood to the lower legs and to the heart. Since phlebectomy removed the damaged veins and allows the blood to flow through the healthy and normal veins, one is able to enjoy both the cosmetic and medical benefits. The procedure is not considered appropriate for patients who can’t walk on their or those who wear compression stockings.
As with any treatment, there are certain risks associated with Phlebectomy. Some of them are Bruising Swelling Inflammation Skin numbness Bleeding Nerve injury to the skin Post-surgical infection Allergic reaction to local anaesthesia The above side-effects can however be minimised in the hands of a qualified and experienced dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon. Such a surgeon makes use of the latest and indeed the best techniques and tools and administers the treatment only after evaluating the individual condition and candidacy of the patient.
What is the Cost?
The cost of Phlebectomy treatment may start from a $1000 and may go up to several thousand dollars, depending on the severity of the condition, the location and number of veins that need treatment .