Vein stripping with ligation; Vein stripping with avulsion; Vein stripping with ablation; Vein ligation and stripping; Vein surgery; Venous insufficiency – vein stripping; Venous reflux – vein stripping; Venous ulcer – veins
Vein stripping is surgery to remove varicose veins in the legs.
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted, and enlarged veins that you can see under the skin. They are often red or blue in color. They usually appear in the legs but can occur in other parts of the body.
Normally, valves in your veins keep your blood flowing up toward the heart, so the blood does not collect in one place. The valves in varicose veins are either damaged or missing. This causes the veins to become filled with blood, particularly when you are standing.
Vein stripping is used to remove or tie off a large vein in the leg called the superficial saphenous vein. This helps treat varicose veins.
Vein stripping usually takes about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. You may receive either:
-General anesthesia, in which you will be asleep and unable to feel pain.
-Spinal anesthesia, which will make the lower half of your body feel numb. You may also get medicine to help you relax.
Why the Procedure Is Performed
The provider may recommend vein stripping for:
-Varicose veins that cause problems with blood flow
-Leg pain and heaviness
-Skin changes or sores that are caused by too much pressure in the veins
-Blood clots or swelling in the veins
-Improving the appearance of your leg
-Varicose veins that can’t be treated with newer procedures
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