An Introduction to Vein Stripping

Leg Vein Anatomy

What is Venous Stripping?

Vein stripping is a procedure to treat varicose veins and other symptoms of chronic venous disease. In essence, during the procedure, we strip or pull out the affected vein. This surgical procedure requires an either general or local anesthetic.

During vein ligation and stripping procedures, we make incisions, after which we insert a metal tube into the vein with a wire. Then we attach this wire to the vein and pulled out. This procedure is often considered a major surgery with a hospital stay required.

They replaced this procedure in about 1999 with more advanced and less invasive vein treatments for varicose veins. In fact, vein stripping is no longer the recommended treatment. We usually only use it for more severe cases. It is often a painful procedure and can cause additional damage to the vein.

After veinous stripping, varicose veins can recur. Vein stripping can also lead to complications such as damage to the lymphatic tissue. This can additionally cause chronic leg swelling and nerve damage that can cause numbness.

Alternatives to Vein Stripping

There are two very effective alternatives to vein stripping: endovenous laser treatment and sclerotherapy.

For endovenous laser treatments, we use the ultrasound to guide a small catheter and laser fiber into the vein. This is how the vein is treated. Then we apply laser energy to seal the vein shut, and the body absorbs the vein.

Sclerotherapy is another alternative to vein stripping. The doctor will use an ultrasound to guide a needle to inject the vein with a sclerosant solution. This will irritate the lining of the vein and cause it to seal and eventually disappear.

Vein Treatment at St. Louis Laser Vein Center

Dr. Wright and his staff are dedicated to treating patients with various vein conditions. Dr. Wright understands how important the correct diagnosis and treatment of vein conditions is to your overall health. Additionally, he has a lot of experience and knowledge about the various vein treatments, therapies, and procedures.

We urge you to schedule a consultation to determine the possibility of vein disease. We want to ensure that you get the very best diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, we have professionals on staff that can help determine if your insurance will cover the cost of your treatments.