Varicose Vein Stripping: Why Other Procedures Are Better

We’ve touched on the dark ages of vein treatment previously, but for those of you who haven’t had a chance to read up on varicose vein stripping, this is the place to get all your questions answered. Historically, the only way to treat patients suffering from varicose veins was with a surgical procedure known as vein stripping, and although there may still be an occasion where vein stripping may be used, more and more physicians are moving towards laser treatments that are minimally invasive, less expensive, and offer far fewer risks of complications. Dr. Wright at the Laser Vein Center in St. Louis is an experienced and accredited physician who has been specializing in vein disease and vein disease treatments for decades and is the first person who will tell you, in most cases, vein stripping is not worth the risks.

What is Varicose Vein Stripping?

Performed under a general anesthesia in a hospital setting, varicose vein stripping involves making incisions in the affected areas and removing the veins surgically. The dangers lie in the possibility of infection or an adverse reaction to the anesthesia; both have the potential to be life threatening if not managed competently.

The Varicose Vein Stripping Procedure is Costly

Although health issues should not be measured by cost, the disparity between the cost of vein stripping and laser vein surgery are so large, it makes sense to make comparisons, especially when laser vein surgery has such impressive results. When considering varicose vein stripping, the costs immediately start to multiply: You pay for the physician performing the vein stripping procedure, the operating room costs, anesthesiologist cost, and of course, the hospital stay after. If complications arise, you must pay for the extra treatments, and you may lose pay from not being able to work. No matter how you look at it, vein stripping can take a large bite out of your budget.

Times A When Vein Stripping Procedure May Be More Useful

While laser vein surgery is more often than not the best choice for varicose veins, there are times when vein stripping may be the better choice. If your veins are extraordinarily large and lumpy, the laser light may be too thin to work effectively; this is something you can talk about with the doctor at your consultation. Patients with an extreme fear of needles may prefer this type of procedure over laser—or any other vein treatments—as most involve the use of needles.

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