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Is vein stripping a common medical procedure for varicose vein removal?

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Is vein stripping a common medical procedure for varicose vein removal? And the short answer, no, not anymore - at least in America. I am a surgeon and I have done vein stripping for years with all we had to offer patients with venous disease. But, I had done venous stripping for over fifteen years. Now we use the laser. We do endovenous laser ablation in the office under local anesthesia. Vein strippings are done in the hospital under general anesthesia. They make incisions in your groin and at your ankle and multiple incisions up and down the leg. The patients will miss work for a week or so afterwards and with the endovenous ablation, it is done in the office under local anesthesia. Patients walk out of the office and they can return to work the next day. So, for these reasons, varicose vein stripping, they probably are still done in America. They really should not be done anymore. The patient, if they have been told they need a varicose vein stripping, they should probably get a second opinion from the doctor that specializes in the care of venous diseases and see if they are candidate for the endovenous ablation.

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