Surgical Vein Removal
Varicose veins can affect the appearance of your legs while causing leg aches, sores, and fatigue.
Surgical vein removal is an outpatient procedure in which a surgeon removes problematic veins through tiny incisions.
How can this treatment help me?
Fast Treatment and Lasting Results
Your surgeon will provide local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort during the procedure, and the incisions are so small that they do not require sutures.
Minimal side effects include swelling and bruising at the surgical site, but these symptoms usually improve in the 24 hours after surgery.
Eighty percent of patients who undergo surgical vein removal have less pain after the procedure. Meanwhile, your legs will look better, which can give you an exciting confidence boost.
If You Have Varicose Veins You Are Not Alone
The Cost of Surgical Vein Removal
Surgical vein removal (ambulatory phlebectomy) can cost $1,000 or more per leg, depending on the amount of treatment needed. However, if your varicose veins are causing pain or other symptoms, surgical vein removal may be considered medically necessary. If this is the case, the procedure may be partially or fully covered by your insurance.
Surgery Can Usually Be Completed in Under an Hour
Your surgeon will use a marker to outline the veins that will be removed.
Because the procedure is minimally invasive, your surgeon will typically only provide a local anesthetic.
Your surgeon will create several tiny incisions on the surface of the skin. Each is only about one to two millimeters in length.
Using a small surgical tool, the surgeon will gently pluck the veins out through the incisions.
The incisions are closed with surgical strips or bandages, but no sutures are needed.
You will be given compression stockings to wear for approximately one week after surgery.
The results of your procedure will gradually become more apparent, with full results achieved within a year.
Your Doctor Can Suggest Alternatives
There are several alternatives to surgical vein removal, including laser vein removal and sclerotherapy. Laser vein removal is not as effective at reducing the painful symptoms of varicose veins. In fact, only 26 percent of patients who underwent more conservative treatment had less pain after treatment, compared to 80 percent who had less pain after surgical removal. Your doctor will recommend the treatment that will best address your needs.
Surgical vein removal can allow you to wear what you want, feel more confident, and experience better physical comfort. If you want to get rid of your varicose veins, schedule a consultation with your doctor.