Ambulatory phlebectomy is a method of surgical removal of surface veins. This is usually done at an outpatient surgery center using general anesthesia. Incisions are tiny (stitches are generally not necessary) and typically leave imperceptible puncture mark scars. Post-operative discomfort is minimal. After the vein has been removed by phlebectomy, a bandage and/or compression stocking is worn for a short period.