What is surgical ligation and stripping of varicose veins?
Conventional 'vein stripping' is usually performed in an operating room, under a general
(or regional) anesthetic. During a stripping procedure, the surgeon makes an 3-4cm
incision in the groin and ties off the vein, after which a stripper tool (metal or
plastic) is threaded through the saphenous vein and used to pull the vein out of the leg
through a second incision (1cm small) just above the calf.
The procedure may be combined with tying up of incompetent leg perforators (veins
conduits connecting the superficial with the deep veins) or with multiple phlebectomies
(small incisions to tie or excise the leg veins at multiple points).