Vein Stripping & Ligation

Vein Stripping and vein ligation involve the surgical excision of large varicose veins. The procedures are performed under general anesthesia and require the varicose vein to be tied off and removed from the body. Veins that are not removed but that were affected by the removed veins typically shrink and close up after the procedure as well.

During vein removal surgery a cut is made, usually in the groin but sometimes it is placed behind the knee. This allows access to the varicose vein, which is divided from the main deep vein. A plastic wire is fed through the vein and used to tie off and pull out the problem vein. Additional bulgy areas are treated piecemeal by making small cuts on the lower legs and removing vein sections.


Vein Stripping and Vein Ligation: An Overview

How It Works:Vein stripping and ligation work by surgically removing varicose veins.

What It Treats: The procedures are used to treat large, severe varicose veins that cannot be addressed with less invasive methods.

Pros: The procedure is effective at removing varicose veins and improving the health and physical appearance of the legs. The rate of success is good and results are long lasting.

Cons: Vein stripping and ligation require surgery under general anesthesia.

Alternatives: Endovenous Ablation and Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy are alternatives for some individuals.

Type of Procedure: Vein ligation and vein stripping are performed on an outpatient basis. Due to the use of general anesthesia, patients are unable to drive themselves home.

Recovery Process: Normal activities can be resumed within a few days of the procedure.

Results: Vein removal procedures, like stripping and ligation, have a 90 percent success rate.

Side Effects: Bruising, numbness, swelling and scarring are possible side effects. It is critical to exercise proper wound care to prevent infection at the incision sites.

Cost/Insurance: Consult your health care practitioner and insurance provider to verify cost and coverage of any vein treatments.

Consult Your Doctor: You should bring any documents necessary to give your doctor an accurate medical history, including recent illnesses and any allergies that you have. Make a list of the medications and supplements that you are currently taking as well as the symptoms that you are feeling. Write down any questions that you have ahead of time and bring them with you. Make sure you understand your doctor’s answers.