Vein Stripping or Ligation

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How varicose veins are stripped

The procedure is carried out under general anesthesia in a hospital or hospital like setting. The compromised vein is tied off at the source and at the subsequent connection locations to the venous system.  The vein is then surgically removed from the leg using a guide wire.

After vein stripping

After the procedure, the incisions are closed and a compression dressing is wrapped tightly around the leg. Patients are instructed to wear compression stockings for several weeks to help reduce pain and swelling. 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:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • A feeling of tension or pressure in the legs
  • Sensory disorders
  • Pooling of lymph fluid

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