Ambulatory Phlebectomy at RCI
What is ambulatory phlebectomy (AP)?
Ambulatory phlebectomy/microphlebectomy (AP) is a procedure used to remove large bulging varicose veins. It can be done as a sole treatment or in conjunction with other treatments.
Who is a candidate for ambulatory phlebectomy (AP)?
Patients with large and bulging varicosities are those most likely to require AP. This is usually performed in conjunction with EVLT and/or sclerotherapy. Sometimes AP is performed as a secondary procedure after a patient receives EVLT.
How do I make an appointment for ambulatory phlebectomy (AP) at RCI?
When you’re looking for quick, convenient ambulatory phlebectomy in Cedar Rapids, call RCI’s Vein & Interventional Clinic. To receive an informational packet or to set up your initial consultation appointment, please call:
RCI Vein & Interventional Clinic: 319-261-0636
Toll Free: 800-747-0121
What can I expect?
The skin and the vein are anesthetized with local anesthesia. A small 1-2mm incision is made in the skin above the vein. The vein is accessed and removed. There are no stitches and little or no scarring after the incisions have healed. After approximately 2 weeks of healing, full results are evident.
This procedure takes approximately 1 hour.
After your ambulatory phlebectomy (AP) at RCI
Patients who undergo AP generally experience minimal discomfort, but you may receive an oral sedative and therefore must arrange for a driver to take you home. The first night of the procedure you are on bed rest. For any discomfort, take Ibuprofen or Tylenol. The next day, you will return to the clinic to have your dressing removed and to be placed into a compression stocking. Though you can stand, walk and return to work on the day following surgery, strenuous activity is limited for 2 weeks. You will return for a follow-up visit 4-6 weeks after the procedure.
All of our interventional radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology with Certificates of Advanced Qualification (CAQs) in vascular and interventional radiology. They are members of the Society for Interventional Radiology (SIR).
For further information on these and other interventional radiology procedures, visit www.sirweb.org
RCI is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).