Treatment – Varicose vein surgery

Varicose vein surgery

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Surgiclal treatment for varicose veins is well established and has been improving over many years. It is now usually undertaken as a day case, with you staying in the hospital only a few hours.

Intervention focuses on removing the obvious large  varicose veins (phlebectomy or avulsions) and also removing the causing superficial vein in a process called “surgical stripping”

Usually the “Long Saphenous Vein” which runs along the inside of your thigh is not working and is the cause of the varicose veins. A small incision is made in the groin and the superficial vein is separated from the deep vein.


The superficial vein is then removed or striped out down to the knee by passing a small plastic wire along it and pulling (or stripping) it out.


After the procedure the leg is bandaged up for a few days or stockings can be warn.

For an advice sheet on what to expect after your surgery see our Q&A section


Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.


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