Ambulatory phlebotomy, or ambulatory microphlebectomy, is a surgical outpatient procedure to remove varicose veins by making tiny incisions. The tiny incisions in the skin are made and the vein is removed one segment at a time. Ambulatory phlebotomy can effectively remove varicose veins from the legs, thigh and feet, however similar to a stripping the procedure can have varying results. The procedure is quick, requires local anesthesia and produces some permanent effects. Ambulatory phlebectomy, however, is not 100 percent risk-free and has some known associated disadvantages.
Ambulatory phlebectomy can result in cutaneous complications, including paresthesia, hyperpigmentation, burning, numbness, tingling or pricking sensation. Darkening of the skin due to increased melanin, occurs in 5 to 7 percent of ambulatory phlebectomy patients. This discoloring or hyperpigmentation can fade within a few months without further treatment.
At Vein Specialists Dr. Magnant is experienced in performing ambulatory phlebectomy or microphlebectomy. He uses all of his surgical experience along with increased effectiveness of ultrasound guided sclerotherapy and foam sclerotherapy offer better results with less pain and with cosmetically better results.