Until 10 years ago this was the ‘gold standard’ of vein treatment. However it is now rarely needed for primary varicose veins although it still has a role in recurrent veins. Recent NICE guidance has suggested that all other modern vein treatments are superior.
What varicose veins are suitable?
All varicose veins are suitable for traditional surgery.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic. A small incision is made in the groin and the long saphenous vein is tied off. The vein is then stripped to just below the knee. Any other varicose veins are then removed through small incisions 2- 4 mm in length. The leg is bandaged. This bandage is then replaced with a stocking which needs to be worn for six weeks.
What are the potential complications?
Nerve pain (neuralgia)
What are the alternative treatments?
These include no treatment, compression stockings,radiofrequency ablation, and foam sclerotherapy. As part of your consultation these alternatives will be discussed, allowing you to choose the most appropriate treatment