Varicose veins do not always require treatment. However, if the veins are causing discomfort or pain, treatment is usually required to ease the symptoms, treat complications associated with varicose veins, such as leg ulcers and swelling of the skin, or for cosmetic reasons.

There are several treatments available for the effective removal of varicose veins. Varicose vein avulsions are the removal of varicosities from the leg by using a special hook via a small nick made to the leg. This varicose veins treatment is sometimes known as phlebectomies.

The procedure involves several tiny incisions made in the skin. The varicose veins are then removed from the surface of the leg with a needle or a small scalpel. A phlebectomy hook at the end of the needle or scalpel removes the vein.
Varicose veins avulsions can be carried out under a general or local anaesthetic, depending on the severity of the varicose veins and the wishes of the patient.

How long is recovery following varicose veins avulsions?

Following a phlebectomies procedure, the affected part of the leg is bandaged and the patient is provided with additional support via support stockings.

Recovery following this procedure is relative quick, typically within a couple of days. It is not uncommon for the affected area to weep slightly following the treatment, especially after bathing the leg. It is also common for the area to be prone to bruising and swelling, which usually settles within a couple of weeks after the treatment.

Benefits of varicose veins avulsions

There are several benefits of varicose veins avulsions as an effective treatment for this vein condition. As a local anaesthetic is usually sufficient in this type of procedure, recovery time is relatively quick with phlebectomies treatment.
As the incisions made to the skin are so minor, suture closures are not typically required.

As Vein Care notes, varicose veins avulsions are considered a more cosmetically acceptable surgical alternative to longer treatments which are employed via injections.

This type of varicose vein treatment can also reduce the risk of hyper pigmentation – brown discolouration – of the skin, as a result of the varicose vein treatment.

Vascular Consultancy offers various treatments for the removal of varicose veins, one of which is the Phlebectomies treatment.

If you would like to discuss treatment for varicose veins and the different procedures available, get in touch with Daryll Baker of the Vascular Consultancy. Daryll Baker is a leading UK specialist in providing advice, diagnosis and treatment for varicose veins and other vascular conditions.


Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.


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