Phlebectomy is a medical procedure used to remove varicose veins from the legs. During the procedure, a doctor makes small incisions in the skin near the varicose vein, then inserts a thin tube called a phlebectomy probe into the vein. The probe applies suction, which removes the vein from the leg. The entire procedure can take up to an hour, depending on the number of veins being removed.
The procedure is used when varicose veins have become very large, painful, and difficult to treat with other methods. It is often recommended for people who have skin discoloration, swelling, or ulcers due to the varicose veins.
The recovery time for phlebectomy is usually short, and most people can return to their normal activities within a few days. Some people may experience mild bruising and swelling for a few weeks after the procedure, but this should resolve on its own.
Phlebectomy is a safe and effective way to treat varicose veins, and it can help improve a person’s quality of life.