Vein ligation and stripping is surgery to remove one or more
varicose veins. These are twisted, swollen veins near the surface of
the skin. They are most common in the legs and ankles.
You will probably be asleep during the surgery, but it also can be done
while you are awake. If you are awake, you will get medicine to numb your leg
and prevent pain.
The doctor will make a small cut at the top of the varicose vein near the groin and another small cut lower
in the leg. These cuts are called incisions. The doctor will tie off the vein to stop blood flow through it.
This is called ligation. Then the doctor will gently pull out the tied-off
section of the vein through the incisions. This is called vein stripping. If
needed, the doctor also may make other small incisions along the leg to take out
smaller varicose veins. The doctor will close the incisions in your leg with
stitches or strips of tape.
You will probably go home the same day
as the surgery. You will need to take it easy at home for 3 to 7 days after the
surgery. The amount of time it takes for you to recover depends on how many
veins are removed.
After surgery, problems caused by the varicose
veins should go away. Other veins in the legs will take over the work
of the veins that are removed.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all
appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good
idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
June 4, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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