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What is Vein Stripping and Ligation?

Vein stripping and ligation for removing varicose veins

If you have got varicose veins and you experience constant pain, throbbing, and tenderness in your legs, or you have got skin sores, blood clots, or bleeding veins, you may consider vein stripping and ligation. It is a surgical process that effectively removes varicose veins from the legs.

What is vein stripping and ligation?

Vein stripping and ligation is a minor surgery that is done to remove damaged veins and prevent future complications arising due to damaged veins. In addition to removing varicose veins, stripping and ligation helps prevent recurrence of the varicose veins. This surgery is normally done if there is evidence of valvular incompetence within the main veins that give rise to the varicose veins.

Stripping and ligation is also done when pooling of blood occurs along with venous incompetence, and patients suffer from symptoms of venous insufficiency. Some of the common symptoms of venous insufficiency include swelling, skin changes, pain and, in severe cases, ulceration. The removal of the malfunctioning vein during stripping and ligation helps to control these symptoms, and in cases of ulceration, it enables the ulcers to heal.

Vein stripping is performed on an outpatient basis. The patients are allowed to go home after the surgery. Patients are given general anaesthesia and the whole procedure lasts for about one to one and a half hour.

During the surgery, two cuts are made. One in the groin and other farther down the leg, in the calf or in the ankle. The surgeon inserts a thin, plastic wire into the affected vein through the incision made in the groin area. The wire is then tied to the vein and is pulled out through the cut made in the lower part of the leg. The cuts are stitched and closed and patients are made to wear compression stockings for a few days.

Depending on how many veins were stripped and where they were located, recovery time is between 2-4 weeks.

Who is the best candidate?

Ideal candidates for vein ligation and stripping are men and women who have varicose veins and those who would like to remove them due to pain or to improve the aesthetic appearance of their legs. The procedure is normally used for larger varicose veins. People with smaller varicose veins and spider veins may not be good candidates.  Pregnant women, people with poor leg circulation, people with blood clotting problem, individuals who have skin infections, and those who are extremely obese are also not considered to be good candidates for stripping and vein ligation.

Side effects:

There are always some risks involved with surgical procedures. Following are some of the risks that are commonly associated with stripping and vein ligation Bruising Bleeding Scarring Nerve injury Infection Allergic reaction to anaesthesia Re occurrence of varicose veins The above risks and side-effects can be minimised in the hands of a competent and experienced surgeon.

What is the Cost?

The cost of the treatment varies, depending on the number of veins to be treated, the various procedures that may be required, the surgeon’s experience and fees, and your geographical location. To get the exact cost of vein ligation and stripping in your area, contact your surgeon in Australia.

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