Which veins are suitable for stripping?

When stripping was performed, it was generally used for the superficial truncal veins – the Great Saphenous Vein (GSV), the Small Saphenous Vein (SSV), and sometimes the Anterior Accessory Saphenous Vein (AASV)

Now, in view of the large number of veins that grow back again, the need for the general anaesthetic, the pain and bruising involved, and the risk of nerve damage (as well as the risk of deep vein thrombosis from the general anaesthetic and venous surgery), no vein is suitable for stripping any more.

In the hands of a true venous expert, there is always an appropriate alternative endovenous technique which will have great advantages over stripping. Which endovenous technique should be used depends on the size and shape of the vein itself.

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This website was last updated on 11/10/16.