Varicose veins are unsightly and uncomfortable.
They also may signify a serious underlying vein condition. You don’t have to take risks with your health or be embarrassed about the bulging veins; professional help is nearby if you live or work in northern New Jersey. One effective treatment your specialist at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey uses is called ambulatory phlebotomy. You can have the painful veins removed right in your vein doctor’s office and be back to your normal activities within days. And all visible signs that you ever had varicose veins are gone in just a few months. Call today!
Ambulatory phlebotomy is a method of removing varicose veins through small incisions in the skin. Varicose veins are bulging, twisted veins that are dark purple or blue in color and most often appear on your legs, ankles or feet. They occur when damaged valves in the veins allow blood to leak backward toward the lower extremities rather than being routed back to the heart.
Varicose veins are unsightly and sometimes cause other symptoms, such as aching discomfort. To learn how to get rid of varicose veins, especially if they’re uncomfortable or if you’re embarrassed by how they look, visit the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey. Phlebotomy is an outpatient procedure that your vein doctor recommends for varicose vein removal either for cosmetic or medical reasons.
In northern NJ, Dr. Dmitry Gorelik specializes in the phlebotomy procedure, as well as treatment for other venous conditions ranging from spider veins to venous insufficiency. Look for this kind of expertise when choosing specialist because of the extensive training it takes to effectively treat vein disorders.
When Is Ambulatory Phlebotomy Used?
Ambulatory phlebotomy is a vein removal procedure that may be necessary if your varicose veins are palpable and visible on the surface of your skin. Dr. Dmitry Gorelik recommends it if your veins are large and protruding or painful and unsightly. He may also perform the procedure if your varicose veins put you at risk of complications, such as skin ulcers or blood clots in your legs.
Additionally, your NJ vein doctor may consider ambulatory phlebotomy if other treatment methods, such as sclerotherapy for varicose veins, have been unsuccessful. Ambulatory phlebotomy, also called micro-phlebectomy or stab phlebectomy, is sometimes done along with other procedures, such as laser treatment.
Before a Phlebectomy Procedure
During an initial vein consultation at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey, Dr. Gorelik conducts a full exam and reviews your medical history. He evaluates whether he only needs to treat the varicose veins or whether he needs to consider other forms of treatment. Your treatment options may include:
- Endovenous laser ablation. This is a procedure in which abnormal veins are closed using laser energy. It’s a short but effective procedure, although it may take weeks before your problem veins disappear completely.
- Endovenous radiofrequency ablation. During this process, your damaged veins are sealed using radiofrequency sound waves. Like the laser treatment, it takes time to see the full effects.
- Ulcer treatment. Untreated varicose veins can lead to skin ulcers. Treatment of venous ulcers may include wound care or surgery.
If you have other cosmetic concerns, such as spider veins, your doctor may recommend laser therapy or sclerotherapy. If you have any type of infection, a bleeding disorder or another serious health condition, ambulatory phlebotomy may not be right for you. In this case, your vein doctor recommends other possible options for vein treatment.
What to Expect from a Phlebectomy Procedure
Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive and painless procedure. The veins to be removed are marked with a pen, and your doctor numbs the area using a local anesthetic. Small incisions are made and bulging veins removed through the incisions one piece at a time, using a large needle or other surgical instrument.
An ambulatory phlebectomy procedure usually takes an hour or less. Stitches aren’t needed, and once the targeted veins have been removed, your leg is wrapped in a compression bandage. You need to wear compression stockings for a week or more after the procedure is complete to help prevent the development of new varicose veins.
After Ambulatory Phlebotomy
Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity for several days after the procedure, as recommended by your doctor. There’s a small chance of temporary side effects after surgery, but you can avoid significant bruising, inflammation, numbness or changes in skin color by relying on specialist with extensive experience and training. Let Dr. Gorelik know right away if you have symptoms at the incision site that concern you, but serious side effects are rare.
Ambulatory phlebectomy improves the appearance of your skin after you’ve had this treatment. Clearer skin can raise your self-esteem if you’ve been feeling self-conscious about the unsightly appearance of your veins. The final results typically take a few weeks to appear.
If you have varicose veins and are troubled by the way they look or feel, have them evaluated by an expert in the field. Dr. Dmitry Gorelik can determine if ambulatory phlebectomy is right for you. Contact the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey — with locations in Parsippany, Old Bridge and Sayreville — for an appointment and evaluation.