Saphenectomy, also known as vein ligation and stripping, is a minor surgery. It is used to remove a damaged vein and prevent complications of vein damage. If several valves in a vein and the vein itself are heavily damaged, the vein (or the diseased part of the vein) is removed (stripped). An incision is made below the vein, a flexible instrument is threaded up the vein to the first incision. Once the vein is accessed, a device called the stripper is introduced into the lumen of the vein where it is attached to the vein. The vein is then stripped out through the groin, and removed.
The procedure is performed at the hospital and can be under general anesthesia or under an epidural. In certain patients, phlebectomy has to be performed on branch veins to avoid certain post procedural complications. Compressive bandages are applied to the leg post procedure.
Your doctor may recommend varicose vein stripping if you’re experiencing:
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