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Is there such a thing as partial vein stripping?

Is there such a thing as partial vein stripping?

Yes: Correct medical definition of "vein stripping" in the surgical removal of a saphenous vein with a stripping cable & this is not done very often anymore due to new catheter technology. Others refer to surface varicose branch phlebectomy as "stripping". Either way, it is possible to do a "partial stripping" in which only a portion of the saphenous vein is removed & this does make recurrence higher. ...Read more

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Is vein stripping surgery dangerous?

Is  vein stripping surgery dangerous?

Vein Stripping: Vein stripping is a surgery that requires general anesthesia. Several incisions are made along the length of the vein to remove pieces of it, not allowing blood to flow through it. There is more risk with this compared to newer, less invasive procedures. These risk are use of general anesthesia, more sites that can potentially bleed or get infected, nerve damage compared to laser or radiofrequency ...Read more

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Is it true that after vein stripping there are veins that "regrow" in the place of the veins that were stripped?

Is it true that after vein stripping there are veins that "regrow" in the place of the veins that were stripped?

Not really: vein stripping is removing the abnormal vein that you have so the vein is gone it could not reborn again but what happen if the patient did not protect their venous circulation and wear a tight pressure stocking they still can turn a good vein to a bad vein and have varicoses vein again. so vein stripping does not cured us from varicoses vein it only removed the bad vein and give us a new chance ...Read more

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Can you tell me about varicose vein stripping done?

Can you tell me about varicose vein stripping done?

Better treatments: There are much better treatments for varicose veins than stripping. Endovenous laser or radiofgrequency ablation is faster, more reliable, has a lower complication risk and faster recovery than surgical stripping. If stripping has been recommended, a second opinion may be helpful. ...Read more

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GSV reflux below knee > 500ms. Mild swelling posteriorly. Lots of pain in lower leg, especially posterior-left side. Mri is normal. Strip the vein?

GSV reflux below knee > 500ms. Mild swelling posteriorly. Lots of pain in lower leg, especially posterior-left side. Mri is normal. Strip the vein?

See vein specialist.: While you do have reflux, .5 seconds is minimal. The longer the reflux the greater the venous insufficiency. Having reflux does not mean that it is the cause of your symptoms. See a vein specialist for a venous evaluation to see if your symptoms are due to your veins. ...Read more

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Varicose vein in leg.Already had total stripping 10 yrs ago but pain continues when standing more than an hour. What other options can be considered?

Varicose vein in leg.Already had total stripping 10 yrs ago but pain continues when standing more than an hour. What other options can be considered?

Newer options: Depending on the location, options for varicose vein treatment include minimally invasive and office type procedures such as laser or radiotherapy, as opposed to traditional stripping. Smaller veins can be treated with scleral basis which involves injection of the sclerosing material. I would see a vascular surgeon who deals with veins for a consultation. ...Read more

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Can anything bad happen if the vascular surgeon attempts to strip the saphenous veins and they contain an undiagnosed clot?

No: The veins they strip are superficial and not the deep veins . It is clots in the deep veins one worries about, esp if the clot is above the level of the knee. Good luck. ...Read more

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Varicose veins, 2 weeks ago had the stripping done to his leg, it swells up once in a while and it hurts to wear the stocking that was given to him.

Could be normal: Occasional swelling after vein stripping is not uncommon and generally goes away with time. Unfortunately, stockings can sometimes be a problem with comfort. I would recommend that, at the very least, you put in a call to the doctor who did the surgery and let him or her know that you have some concerns. ...Read more

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My ankle is covered in spider veins caused by lesser saphenous reflux, evlt will be expensive. Just curious if ohip covers stripping ..What to expect?

My ankle is covered in spider veins caused by lesser saphenous reflux, evlt will be expensive. Just curious if ohip covers stripping ..What to expect?

OHIP cover stripping: To the best of my knowledge, ohip does cover stripping but not evlt. In the us, essentaially all insurers cover stripping and evlt. It is worth checking with ohip to see if their policy has changed about evlt. If you can get it done, rather than stripping, and not have it cost enough money to break the bank, you should strongly consider it over surgery. ...Read more

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