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What is it?
This technique used to be the gold standard: it has been used for more than 60 years to remove varicose veins.
A short stay at the hospital is required, generally 12 to 24 hours.
This procedure is performed either under general anesthesia, or spinal anesthesia.
A 2 to 3-week-sick leave is generally prescribed, and daily activities must be reduced during the first few days.
How classical surgery (ligation and stripping) is performed?
In case of great saphenous vein stripping, the surgeon will make an incision in the ankle (long stripping) or in the calf (short stripping), and another one in the groin. In case of small saphenous vein stripping, the low incision is made close to the heel and the high incision is made at the back of the knee.
Then, the surgeon introduces the stripper into the vein.
The top of the varicose vein is tied off as it joins the femoral vein (great saphenous vein) or the popliteal vein (small saphenous vein): this is called crossectomy.
The varicose vein is then attached to the wire. The wire is pulled out through the lower cut, pulling the vein out with it.
If the varicose vein tears up, a new incision is performed in the area where the tear occurred, and the same operation is done again.
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