Remove varicose veins quickly and permanently
Large, rope-like varicose veins can be effectively treated with an outpatient procedure called ambulatory phlebectomy that allows you to walk out of the office and resume normal activities that day.
The surgery involves local anesthesia after which the doctor makes several small incisions through which the vein is removed with a specially designed instrument. You will probably experience bruising, skin numbness, swelling and minor inflammation as the incisions heal. Bandages will be applied but can be removed after one or two days. You must wear compression stockings for up to three weeks except while sleeping. The stockings keep pain to a minimum. You won’t be allowed to drive for 24 hours but you will speed healing if you walk as much as possible. Keep your legs out of the sun until healing is complete to avoid uneven tanning.
Doctors have been using this procedure for more than 60 years with swift healing with little or no noticeable scaring. After about six weeks, the doctor will assess the surgery results and decide whether additional treatments are needed to address any remaining small problem veins. Complications are usually minor and your doctor will explain them thoroughly before surgery. Although varicose veins may return after several years, you can expect excellent long-term results from this procedure.