Typically an in-office minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia, ambulatory phlebectomy removes medium to large-sized varicose veins through tiny incisions in the skin. The veins are teased out through the small holes without causing any major scarring or requiring major surgery, which is a significant advancement from the extensive vein stripping procedures of the past. This differs from other methods of treatment for varicose veins such as laser ablation or radiofrequency procedures in that the diseased vein is removed rather than treated in the leg and left to be absorbed by the body.
During this procedure, Dr. Ruz will mark the affected veins with a marker while the patient is standing up, as veins deflate when the body is in a horizontal position. Once the affected veins have been identified, Dr. Ruz will make small, slit-like incisions in the skin. For larger varicose veins, incisions may need to be slightly larger. Surgical hooks and needles are then used to extract the damaged vein. Incisions are carefully placed and usually result in minimal visible scarring.
Post procedure, a small adhesive dressing is applied over the incision site(s). Compressive bandage is applied to the leg(s).
This procedure is also used with certain other procedures (ie. VenaSeal, Vein Stripping) to obtain maximum result and minimize certain side effect.
When you choose Dr. Ricardo Ruz, you are choosing a health care provider, who will ensure the most up to date, highest quality care available using state-of-the-art medical technologies. Whether you are seeking an initial examination or a second opinion for your condition, Dr. Ruz and his staff are available to discuss further options and consult on possible treatments.