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Ambulatory Phlebectomy: What to Expect

Patients planning for an ambulatory phlebectomy can enter the procedure prepared and confident when they are well informed and educated on the procedure and recovery. This resource is designed to help patients understand what to expect and prepare for their ambulatory phlebectomy. 

Before the Procedure

If your doctor has recommended ambulatory phlebectomy, he or she likely believes that this procedure is the most effective way to treat your varicose veins. Before the procedure, we recommend that you carefully read the materials provided to you by your physician to ensure you understand the procedure including risks and benefits. Call your provider’s office with questions not answered in the resources. The day of your procedure, you may eat a breakfast or lunch and take your regularly scheduled medications. Take any medications provided by your vein doctor for pain or relaxation about an hour before your procedure. Feel free to bring music and headphones to listen to during the procedure.

During the Procedure

The procedure usually takes one hour to complete. When you arrive, you will change into surgical shorts or a gown as required by the clinic performing the procedure. Photographs may be taken of your legs prior to the procedure. The doctor will use a marker to mark your skin where incisions will be made, and then local anesthetic will be used to numb the area. You may feel a slight sting when the anesthetic is injected, but you will not feel intense pain during the procedure.

After the Procedure

You should have a driver following the surgery. For about three to five days, light activity is easily possible and is recommended. You will be able to resume full activity about seven days after surgery.

Remember, your vascular surgeon is the best resource for your questions about ambulatory phlebectomy. Call Northwest Vein if you have any specific questions.