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Phlebectomy (say "fluh-BEK-tuh-mee") is a procedure used to remove varicose veins. These are twisted and enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. The procedure is also called microphlebectomy, ambulatory phlebectomy, or stab avulsion.
The procedure is usually done in your doctor's office. You will get medicine to make you relax or to numb the area.
Your doctor will make several tiny cuts (incisions) in the skin. The varicose veins will be removed through the cuts.
You most likely will not need stitches to close the cuts.
Your doctor may wrap your leg in a compression bandage. You will have to wear compression stockings for a few weeks.
You most likely can go home the same day. You will probably be able to do your usual activities the next day. You may have a little bruising and numbness.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 28, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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