Ambulatory Phlebectomy

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 standalone treatment or with other treatments.

Who is a candidate for 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 AP?

To receive an informational packet or set up your initial consultation appointment, call RCI’s Vein & Interventional Clinic at 319-261-0636 or toll free at 800-747-0121.

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What can I expect?

This procedure takes about 1 hour. The skin and vein are numbed with local anesthesia. A small 3–4 mm 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. You will see full results after about 2 weeks.

After your AP

Patients who undergo AP generally experience minimal discomfort, but you may receive an oral sedative and 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. Though you can stand, walk and return to work on the day following surgery, limit strenuous activity for 2 weeks. You will have 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).

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RCI is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Contact RCI

RCI Imaging Center
1948 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Hours: Monday – Friday,
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 319-364-0121
Toll Free: 800-747-0121
Fax: 319-364-5684

Vein & Interventional Clinic
1948 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Hours: Monday – Friday,
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 319-261-0636
Toll Free: 800-747-0121
Fax: 319-364-5684

For billing and
insurance questions:

RCI Business Services
1956 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Hours: Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone: 319-832-1735
Toll Free: 800-747-9729
Fax: 319-832-1747

mailing address:

Radiology Consultants of Iowa
PO Box 338
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406