That’s right! One way to eliminate those painful, itching, ugly varicose veins is simply by . . . well, eliminating them!
In fact, removal of the vein – called surgical ligation and stripping – is one of the most common ways to treat this condition. Varicose veins appear as people age – and, yes, men can also be at risk for this vascular problem – because the natural elasticity of the veins tends to fade with time.
In removing the veins, a surgeon simply ties the affected veins shut and actually removes them from your body. Now, if you worry about how the blood will eventually course its way back to your heart, you need not fear. Other veins which lie even deeper in your leg will handle that. They’ll be able to accommodate the larger volume of blood that will come their way. Most of the time, the veins removed through this process are what doctors call surface veins. They collect blood only from the skin.
The typical recovery time for removal of varicose veins varies depending on the individual as well as the extent of the surgery performed. Some people recover fully within one week; other take a month to get back to their normal routine. Immediately following the procedure, however, you may experience significant pain in the legs. This eventually subsides.
Surgical ligation and stripping of blood requires anesthesia – either a local or general. While the removal is conducted in an operating room, it’s still considered an outpatient procedure.
Most people are very pleased with the procedure, and risks are usually kept to a minimum. Some possible side effects though may occur. Whenever a general anesthesia is used, of course, there is also the risk of heart and breathing problems.
Beyond this, some people experience problems dealing with bleeding. This is a short term difficulty which usually takes care of itself without the need for any treatment.
Other people who undergo the removal of varicose veins develop infections. This may be indicated through a swelling and redness in the area from which the veins were removed. In rare instances, some individuals are left with permanent scars.
If you believe you may benefit from this procedure, consult your physician. The two of you can talk about what avenues are open for the treatment of your varicose veins.