Varicose vein surgery – the stripping procedure
Varicose veins surgery with the so-called stripping procedure is a proven method that can be performed for removal of trunk veins. This relatively difficult surgical procedure can in many cases be replaced with a more simple procedure such as laser and radiofrequency treatment.
The advantage of varicose vein stripping surgery is that it can be performed even if the trunk vein is located very superficially under the skin, and also if the vein is greatly widened. At these times, radio frequency and laser treatments are insufficient.
Varicose veins stripping – procedure, cost and recovery
In brief, varicose vein surgery with the stripping procedure involves an incision in the groin and the knee. Then, a probe is inserted into the diseased vein in order to pull out the vein between the groin and the knee.
The history of the vein stripping goes back to 1905 and is the oldest procedure for removal of the saphenous main trunks. The techinique itself is effective, but involves a more difficult after care and sick leave (1-2 weeks). In addition, the patient must be sedated during the vein stripping surgery.
The cost for vein stripping surgery at a private hospital is approximately £1,500 per leg. However, If the doctor examines you and decides that you meet the criteria, a referral for varicose vein surgery will be sent for funding arrangements.