How ambulatory phlebectomies work
The procedure of phlebectomy is probably the simplest and certainly one of the oldest of all varicose vein treatments. In its simplest form, the skin is incised over a lumpy varicose vein that can be seen on the surface. The vein is then grabbed with a surgical clip and pulled out.
Of course the ends bleed and so pressure is placed on the leg until this clots. However, bleeding is not the major issue. It is more important to realise that the lumpy varicose veins seen on the surface are more usually just the outwards sign of an underlying problem. It is very rare that phlebectomies are performed alone, as discussed in the next section which looks at which veins are suitable for phlebectomy.