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Ambulatory Phlebectomy

  • Ambulatory phlebectomy is a technique of removing varicose veins.
  • Dr Elvy has performed in excess of 1000 sessions of Ambulatory Phlebectomy over more than 15 years

This is usually done in the office using local anaesthesia.

Incisions are tiny (no stitches) and typically leave nearly non detectable scars. After the vein has been removed by phlebectomy, a bandage and/or compression stocking is worn for a short period.

Ambulatory phlebectomy, developed in Europe (In 1950 Robert Muller a Swiss dermatologist developed a technique for varicose vein removal through micro incisions with small hooks) is a minimally invasive procedure, performed through pinhole incisions.

Muller Hooks
This technique permits removal of almost all larger varicose veins as an office procedure performed under local anaesthesia. It is often used in conjunction with sclerotherapy to reduce the pressure in the smaller telangiectasia and spider veins resulting in more efficient sclerotherapy.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy is part of a complete program to eliminate unsightly or painful leg veins. Using a combination of LASER ,Ambulatory Phlebectomy and sclerotherapy almost all varicose veins of the leg can be successfully treated in the office with an excellent cosmetic result and little or no "down time".

This technique is often used following Endovenous laser treatment
  • Time to perform 1 hour
  • May return to work immediately
  • bandages for two days then stockings for one week

Varicose veins before and after ambulatory phlebectomy.
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