Varicose Veins are a common issue, often found more frequently in women and a result of the process of ageing, genetics and having children. These visible leg veins can be both unsightly and painful. An Ambulatory Phlebectomy is one of the possible solutions offered by Me Clinic, which involves the surgical removal of the veins through a keyhole incision. However, individual responses and results may vary.
With a series of small punctures made adjacent to the vein, the vein can be removed in small segments. This outpatient procedure is performed under local anaesthesia, and the duration can vary depending on the number of varicose veins. Recovery times may also vary, with some patients able to return to work the next day.
Me Clinic offers a range of options for how to treat these veins along with Ambulatory Phlebectomy, including Sclerotherapy, Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT), or surgery.
Surgical Warning: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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Understanding the Ambulatory Phlebectomy procedure
Along with our other cosmetic offerings, Me Clinic provides treatment for those who suffer from varicose veins. For the Ambulatory Phlebectomy procedure, a local anaesthetic is injected followed by a 1-2 mm incision. From here, a Phlebectomy hook is used to extract the vein. In some cases, the vein will be tied off and left in place. However, individual responses and results may vary.
It is likely that several small incisions will be required and other vein treatments can be performed at the same time if necessary. Both legs can be treated at the same time, but your unique situation will determine if this is possible or if follow-up therapy is needed, often performed two to four weeks later. However, individual responses and results may vary.
Performed as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthesia, the duration of the process can vary depending on the number of varicose veins. Individual responses and results may vary.
What does an Ambulatory Phlebectomy cost?
The cost of the Ambulatory Phlebectomy procedure will depend on the severity of your situation. The expert team at Me Clinic will need to assess this with an initial consultation which will determine the specific cost of your procedure and allow us to provide you with a full, no-obligation quote.
A surgeon from Me Clinic will examine you and give you an assessment and the opportunity to ask any questions you may have so that you understand and feel completely comfortable with the procedure before moving forward. The Ambulatory Phlebectomy is a procedure that has the potential to significantly improve your condition, but it’s important to remember that individual responses and results may vary.
Why is Me Clinic capable of properly performing this procedure?
The team at Me Clinic has experience in Ambulatory Phlebectomy among other cosmetic procedures. They dedicate time and focus to each patient’s health and aesthetic goals. However, it’s important to remember that individual responses and results may vary.
Me Clinic has a history of providing services to many patients, but it’s important to remember that individual responses and results may vary. The Me Clinic team takes pride in providing high levels of care, and we always adhere to the highest code of ethics in the medical industry. If you are unsure of which surgical path will be the right one for your needs, a simple consultation with one of our doctors will enable you to make the right decision.
The expert team at Me Clinic will need to assess this with an initial consultation which will determine the specific cost of your procedure and allow us to provide you with a full, no-obligation quote.
Frequently Asked Questions
Don’t I need the vein being removed?
No, a varicose vein is already doing a poor job of transporting blood and causing pain and discomfort. Once removed, your body will naturally absorb blood via other veins.
Will the procedure hurt?
The local anaesthesia ensures you will not feel pain during the treatment.
Will I need stitches afterwards?
No, as the incisions made during the procedure are very small, thin adhesive strips will be the only type of bandaging necessary.
What should I expect following the procedure?
There are a few situations that may develop post-procedure such as mild pain or discomfort in the treatment area, discolouration or tender lumps, red raised areas over treated veins. This can be due to trapped blood in the area; however, it will disappear within four to six weeks.
If needed as part of your review, our surgeons may prick the areas to release this trapped blood, under no circumstances should you attempt to do this yourself. This situation may not occur in every patient; however, it is considered a normal event as part of the treatment process and is a sign that recovery is going well.
Are there any possible complications that may occur?
Even with a high level of expertise, complications can occur. The skills and experience of the Me Clinic team aim to minimise these risks. However, individual responses and results may vary. Some of the associated complications with this procedure can include:
- Minor postoperative bleeding
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Wound infection
- Lymphatic Disruption (the seeping of lymph through the puncture site)
- Brown marks along a treated vein which is a form of iron from the blood. (This will disappear by itself within 3-12 months)
- Nerve injury causing numbness (only present in 0.05% of cases)
- The development of a small network of veins most commonly on the inside of the knee in women
- Hypertrophic scars
It is important to note that while Me Clinic aims to provide thorough care to minimise adverse effects, individual responses and results may vary.
Surgical Warning: Before proceeding with any surgical procedure, patients should seek a second opinion from qualified healthcare practitioners.The information on the website is for general guidance only and cannot be used as a basis to make a surgical decision, an initial consultation with our surgeon is required to help patients make an informed decision before proceeding with any surgical procedure.