The affected veins in the superficial venous system are pulled out through small incisions in the skin (stripped). This procedure is also known as "Babcock's procedure" or "Babcock's stripping". The American doctor William Babcock described the method for the first time in 1907. This classic method is used to remove the affected segments of the worst affected long saphenous vein that runs from the ankle up to the inguinal fold.
Before vein stripping
How varicose veins are stripped
After vein stripping
After the procedure, patients must wear compression stockings for at least three months. They should also avoid long periods of standing or sitting. During a series of follow-up examinations, the doctor checks the course of healing and the treatment outcome.
Vein stripping is considered a very safe method for treating varicose veins. Possible side effects of the procedure, which usually disappear after a short time or can be prevented by compression stockings, might be:
- A feeling of tension or pressure in the legs
- Sensory disorders
- Pooling of lymph fluid
- Severe pain
- Wound healing disorders