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What is Ligation and stripping ?

Introduction to Ligation and Stripping varicose vein treatment

There can be various reasons why a doctor may recommend a person to get varicose vein ligation and stripping surgery. Constant pain and throbbing in legs, skin sores, blood clots, bleeding from veins, and extremely painful veins are some of the common reasons for getting varicose vein surgery. Ligation and stripping is a surgical process for removing the varicose veins from the legs.

What is Ligation and stripping?

Ligation and stripping also known as avulsion or ablation is a surgical procedure that is done to remove a damaged vein and prevent future complications of damaged vein. It is a minor surgery and is usually done on an outpatient basis. It takes between 60 to 90 minutes to get complete.

Patient is given general anaesthesia so that he sleeps throughout the procedure. During the surgery, one or more incisions are made over the damaged veins and the veins are tied off or ligated. If the vein and valves below the faulty valve are healthy, the vein is left as it is in place to continue circulating blood through veins that have properly functioning valves. Vein ligation and stripping removes varicose veins and prevents them from coming back. The success rate of vein ligation is quite high. 90 people out of every 100 people who have this surgery are able to get rid of varicose veins.

The recovery time is usually between 2-4 weeks depending on how many veins were stripped and their location. Patients are prescribed pain killers for a few days to alleviate the pain and discomfort. Patients need to stay off their feet as much as possible for the first 3-4 days after surgery. During this time, they are made to keep their legs elevated all the times when sitting.


Who is the best candidate?

The best candidates for vein ligation surgery are men and women who have varicose veins and who want to get them removed due to pain, have an ulcer that doesn’t heal with conventional methods have veins that have eroded through the skin, have recurring blood clots in the affected veins, are unable to perform daily activities, and wish to improve the appearance of their legs. Usually, varicose veins that are very large are treated with this procedure. Others that are smaller or are of average size are best treated with endothermal ablation or endovenous ablation.

Side effects:

Every surgery has some risks. The risks and complications that are associated with vein stripping method are

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction to anaesthesia
  • Nerve injury
  • Severe pain
  • Recurrence of varicose veins
The above risks and side effects can be reduced by getting the surgery from a qualified and experienced surgeon.

What is the Cost?

Vein stripping and ligation usually costs around $2000. You may need to pay extra for anaesthesia and hospital. To get the exact cost talk to your surgeon.

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