What is it? Phlebectomy is a surgical procedure that refers to the complete removal of a visible, painful or disfiguring varicose vein.
What happens during the procedure? The vein to be removed is first outlined with a skin marker, using ultrasound imaging to assist in visualizing the deeper portions of the vein. A local anesthetic is injected over and under the vein. Several miniature incisions, spaced several inches apart, are made. The vein is hooked under the skin, then pulled out through the incisions in short segments.
Preparing for the Procedure: