What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged lumpy veins in the leg. Veins contain many one-way valves to help the upward flow of blood back to the heart. If the valves fail to work properly, blood can flow in the wrong direction, causing the veins to swell with blood and form varicose veins. A varicose vein appears engorged or twisted, and is usually blue or dark purple colour on the skin. Varicose veins do not tend to get better without treatment, and usually get worse with time.
There are different options available for the treatment of varicose veins. Surgical stripping procedure is an effective method, which involves removing the vein.
What does this involve?
Varicose veins surgery is usually performed under a general
anaesthetic as a day case, although an overnight stay may be
required if both legs are operated on. The operation usually takes
about an hour/leg.
Your surgeon will disconnect the superficial veins from the deep
veins in your legs through a cut in your groin or the back of your
knee. If it is the groin vein it will be stripped with a long wire.
There will be further small cuts to remove any other prominent
When will I recover?
You should be able to go home later on the same day and you
should be able to return to work after one or two weeks although
this may vary depending upon your type of work. You will be adviced
to wear support stockings and as long as your wounds have healed,
you should be able to carry out normal activities once you are pain