A minimally invasive surgical technique used to treat varicose veins that are not caused by saphenous vein reflux. The abnormal vein is removed through a tiny incision or incisions using a special set of tools. The procedure is done under local anesthesia, and typically takes under an hour. Recovery is rapid, and most patients do not need to interrupt regular activity after ambulatory phlebectomy.

During this procedure veins are removed through several tiny needle punctures in the skin. This procedure can only be used for veins that are close to the skin’s surface and requires local anesthesia. Swelling, hematomas or nerve damage can occur if proper technique is not observed.1

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1 Morrison N, Olivencia JA. Ambulatory phlebectomy. In: Fronek HL, ed. The Fundamentals of Phlebology: Venous Disease for Clinicians. 2nd ed. London, England: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd; 2008:65-68.