Varicose Veins: Surgery

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Updated on June 16, 2019

Varicose Veins: Surgery

Surgery for varicose veins may be required when conservative treatment does not work or when complications from varicose veins appear. These symptoms include:

  • Skin ulceration
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Lipodermatosclerosis
  • Haemorrhage

Saphenous vein ligation and stripping is the classical way of treating varicose veins. In this method, the cause of the disease which is the vein with the defective valve is ligated (tied off). The tortuous veins are then either stripped out or avulsed (removed).

Watch a video on how  varicose vein ligation and stripping is carried out

Post-surgery treatment care

Most patients can be discharged the same evening of the procedure or the next morning. There is no restriction to ambulation but vigorous activities should be avoided for at least 1 week.

There could be some swelling, bleeding or bruising which usually resolves after a few weeks. Some doctors may advise you to use compression stockings for a short while after treatment.

Image source: University of Wisconsin System

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