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When a Phlebectomy Procedure Might Be Right for You

When a Phlebectomy Procedure Might Be Right for You

Millions of people in the United States have varicose veins. These swollen, twisted, and bulging veins can leave you feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your legs. A minimally invasive treatment called a phlebectomy can eliminate these troublesome veins.

In the past, doctors relied on vein stripping to get rid of varicose veins, but the recovery could take weeks. Today, less invasive approaches, such as phlebectomy, cause less discomfort and offer faster recovery. 

A vascular surgeon is your best resource for varicose vein treatment. Here at Surgical Care East, vascular surgeon Dennis Resetarits, MD, routinely treats varicose veins. Eliminating varicose veins not only improves the appearance of your legs, but also improves your vascular health. 

What is a phlebectomy?

A phlebectomy is a minimally invasive varicose vein treatment that involves using a very small scalpel to remove the bulging veins. 

To perform this procedure, Dr. Resetarits identifies the varicose veins and administers a local anesthetic before making tiny incisions and removing each vein in sections. Doing so reduces the risk of blood clots and improves healing.

The sites of the incisions are unnoticeable once healed. In fact, there are usually no stitches required. Dr. Resetarits places a compression wrap around your legs after the procedure is complete.

He may recommend that you walk around for a few minutes before leaving the office to promote good circulation and lower the chances of blood clots. 

You can expect to wear compression bandages or stockings for at least seven days to aid the healing process, but you can otherwise go about your normal routine. Some minor swelling and bruising is normal and temporary. 

When is a phlebectomy appropriate?

A phlebectomy is a very safe and effective approach to eliminating varicose veins. Dr. Resetarits examines your varicose veins and discusses treatment options. He recommends specific treatment based on the size and number of your varicose veins. 

Generally, we recommend a phlebectomy for small to medium-sized varicose veins. If you have varicose veins of varying sizes, Dr. Resetarits may use phlebectomy with other treatments such as sclerotherapy. 

There is minimal downtime required. Most of our patients can resume their regular daily activities within 24 hours of the procedure. 

Advantages of phlebectomy

Phlebectomy is highly effective at eliminating varicose veins just beneath the surface of the skin. After the bruising resolves, you see a noticeable reduction in varicose veins and have clearer skin. 

While it’s possible for more varicose veins to develop, the long-term success rate of phlebectomy is 90%. If new varicose veins develop, we can repeat the procedure to keep your legs free of varicose veins.

Other advantages of phlebectomy include:

Phlebectomy significantly improves symptoms associated with varicose veins, including itching, pain, and skin discoloration. 

Help for varicose veins

There are multiple treatments available for varicose veins. You can rely on our team at Surgical Care East, located in Camillus, New York, and serving the broader Syracuse area. 

We’ll discuss your treatment options and move forward with the most appropriate treatment. To learn more about how we treat varicose veins and to schedule an appointment, call us today or send your request online.

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