To remove large (greater than 1/8 inch in diameter), symptomatic varicose veins. This surgery is usually reserved for patients who have failed to respond well to the use of compression stockings.
Just before going back for surgery, with the patient standing, the veins to be removed are marked with ink. After anesthesia is given, small incisions (less than ¼ inch) are made next to each varicose vein. The veins are then extracted with a small hook, the excess length excised, and the ends tied off. The incisions are small enough that they can be closed with "steri-strips" and no sutures are required.
Length of Stay: Outpatient or occasionally overnight.
Recovery: Treated legs should be elevated initially to minimize swelling and bruising. The recovery is otherwise rapid.