Classic Open Surgery (High Litigation and Stripping)
What is it?
Vein litigation and stripping is a minor surgery used to remove damaged veins and prevent any further complications from vein damage.
Is classic open surgery right for me?
This surgery is an ideal choice for those who want to remove their varicose veins for cosmetic reasons, experience frequent leg aching or swelling, if the varicose vein often bleeds, open sores develop due to blood circulation, or if the vein is damaged in the section where it joins deep veins in the knee or groin.
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One or more incisions will be made below and over the damaged veins. The veins will be tied off, this is called ‘litigation’. If the litigation cuts off the faulty valve and the veins below the faulty one are healthy, your surgeon may decide to leave the vein in place to continue the circulation of blood. However, if the vein is heavily damaged or diseased it will be grasped using a flexible plastic wire through the vein and removed through the incision point, this is known as ‘stripping’.
A hospital stay is not usually required and you will typically go home the same day of the surgery. Your consultant will give you pain medication to help with any discomfort. It’s recommended to stay off your feet as much as possible within the first three to four days and to keep your feet elevated where possible. The recovery time means patients can return to work within a few days and normal recreational activities after several weeks.