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Varicose Vein Surgery

Varicose vein surgery is done for varicose veins that are tortuous, mostly on the lower legs.

They are responsible for tired legs, heaviness in the leg, burning legs and all of this tends to get worse over the years. Initially they are harmless. But as the years go by there is a danger that the so-called communicating or perforating veins (perforators) to the deep veins of the legs can also get diseased with a loss of the vein valves.

Varicose Vein Surgery

Varicose Vein Surgery

They work like heart valves and transport the blood in only one direction, namely in the case of leg veins against gravity back into the direction of the right heart chamber. Back in the 1960’s in Europe varicose treatment was first done with a sclerosing agent that could obliterate the superficial leg veins without damaging the deep veins. This technique is safe, does not lead to clots, has always good cosmetic results and takes away the symptoms of aching legs, truly one of the superb medical procedures. It has become an office procedure and it can be repeated whenever new varicose veins (=”varicosities”) redevelop. However, when vein valves in perforator veins are damaged, more extensive treatment is required. In the past vein stripping was done in these cases.

Here is a link where the results of endovenous laser treatment (EVLT) of varicose veins is shown with before and after treatment pictures.

The old-fashioned stripping procedure has been largely replaced by the EVLT procedure. This is done in a day clinic and the patient can mobilize right away following the procedure. Results with this are impressive.


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Last modified: August 10, 2021

This outline is only a teaching aid to patients and should stimulate you to ask the right questions when seeing your doctor. However, the responsibility of treatment stays in the hands of your doctor and you.