Ambulatory Phlebectomy (micro-extraction) is a minor procedure used to remove varicose veins, both large and small, which are close to the surface through very small (1/8 inch) micro-incisions. The micro-incisions are so small there is no need for stitches. Once healed, they are rarely visible. Bruising will occur and will take a few weeks to go away. A compression bandage is worn for only 2-7 days (depending on the size of the veins). When removed patients are surprised how good the leg looks with the "ropey" veins gone. Then a compression stocking is worn for 1-2 weeks. Patients can return to most of their activities including work the next day and walking is encouraged.
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