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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Varicose Vein Treatments: Stripping and Ligation

The American Society for Vascular Surgery estimates that anywhere from 20 to 25 million Americans have varicose veins. The Vascular Disease Foundation also estimates that 17% of men and 33% of women have varicose veins. If you have varicose veins, it would be an understatement to say that you aren't alone. There are plenty of people in Oklahoma City that are wondering how they should start to treat this troublesome problem. Here is some information on the subject from the experts at Summit Med Center.

The first treatment step



For some people, varicose veins are nothing more than a slight annoyance; for others, problems can go far beyond simple cosmetic issues. Since it is common for varicose veins to occur in the legs, some people are unable to stand because they ache so much. Others have frequent cramping problems, swelling, itching, and even ulcers and blood clots. If your varicose veins are impacting your daily life, you may want to consider getting surgery to correct the problem.

When people hear the word surgery they're quick to dismiss having an "invasive" procedure. However, in terms of severity and invasiveness, varicose vein surgery is very minor. If your doctor is considering this route to correct the problem, it's very likely that you'll be having a vein ligation and stripping procedure. This removes veins that are damaged, and also helps prevent any related complications.

Benefits of ligation and stripping

The name of the procedure may sound complicated but, as we previously mentioned, it is extremely minor one. There are plenty of general surgeons in Oklahoma City that will tell you how simple and safe the surgery is. You won't have to worry about staying in a hospital, as the vast majority of procedures are outpatient and are performed with local or general anesthesia. Aside from the rare chance of complications, most people go home the same day that they have their surgery.

What to expect during surgery

Your surgeon is not going to remove every single varicose vein they find when performing the procedure. If a lot of valves in the vein are damaged along with the vein itself, then the doctor will remove (strip) it. The removal itself is very simple. The surgeon will make an incision slightly below the vein, then use a tool to help latch onto and remove it. If your doctor finds varicose veins that only have a few damaged valves in the vein, they'll tie the damaged part of the vein off (ligation). After a ligation, the healthy parts of your vein will still be able to properly circulate blood without the same problems.

Since ligation and stripping is usually a same-day procedure, you won't have to worry about having a lot of downtime afterwards. Your doctor will probably want you to stay off of your feet for a few days afterwards, but generally you'll be back to your usual routine in a few weeks.

If you are interested in getting rid of those pesky, painful varicose veins, Summit Med Center can help! Call us today at 405-359-2400 for a consultation or to schedule an appointment.

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