Ambulatory phlebectomy has been practiced since ancient times and continues to be one of the most popular treatments for varicose veins, although understandably the methods have been refined, according to Dr. Hazem Barmada of the Spring of Youth Medical Group in Ocean Springs, MS. This vein treatment involves making tiny incisions at the location of the vein and removing it with a hook. Ambulatory phlebectomy is performed under local anesthesia at the Ocean Springs, Mississippi center, a leading varicose vein center, with no need for hospitalization. It is an effective way to get rid of varicose veins permanently.
Is Ambulatory Phlebectomy for Everyone?
Not necessarily. Unlike spider vein treatment, which usually involves sclerotherapy or treatment by a laser expert, ambulatory phlebectomy is used for those larger varicose bulging veins in prominent places. Vein specialist, Dr. Barmada in Ocean Springs, MS can evaluate your condition and help you choose the best varicose vein treatment for you.
What can I expect during the procedure?
You will be offered a mild sedative before the ambulatory phlebectomy procedure. If you choose to take the sedative, you will be asked to bring a companion on the day of the treatment who can drive you home, as your ability to drive may be impaired.
After your arrival at the Spring of Youth Medical Group, your varicose veins will be marked with a pen while you are standing up, as they are easier to see that way. Then, local anesthesia will be administered around the culprit veins. Once those areas are numb, small incisions will be made over the varicose veins. The vein specialist, Dr. Barmada then uses a hook to remove the vein. Finally the incisions are dressed and compression stockings are applied.
After the vein treatment, you will be asked to wear compression hose from morning until night for at least two weeks. You may resume your normal daily activities. However, our vein doctor will ask you to avoid heavy physical exercise for those two weeks until your follow-up appointment. If you experience any discomfort, you can take over-the counter painkillers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). However, most of our Ocean Springs, Mississippi patients report little to no discomfort after ambulatory phlebectomy.
What happens next?
Dr. Barmada will schedule a follow-up appointment at the Spring of Youth Medical Center two weeks after your procedure. At that time, your legs will be examined and Dr. Barmada will determine if you need any further treatments. Usually, one treatment is all that is needed; however in some cases an additional session is needed to completely get rid of varicose veins.
Will my varicose veins come back?
Ambulatory phlebectomy is usually completely successful and the veins removed will not come back. However, over a period of years, new varicose veins and smaller spider veins can develop, especially if you are at increased risk for the condition. Those at increased risk include women, those of advanced age (over 50), being overweight, and spending long periods of time on your feet. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet will help you avoid developing vein problems in the future.
If you do discover new vein problems, the Spring of Youth Medical Center is a complete varicose vein center and spider vein center, and our specialists can treat your vein problems effectively and conveniently, in the office. Patients in the Ocean Springs, MS area are invited to call us at 228.273.8996 to schedule a free consultation.