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How can vein stripping and ligation help in treating varicose and spider veins?

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Vein stripping and ligation, which involves tying veins shut and removing them through small cuts in your skin, is usually performed only in severe cases of varicose veins.

Vein stripping and ligation takes about two to three hours and is usually done in an outpatient setting. Full recovery takes about one to two weeks.

Although the procedure is generally safe, risks include infection at the incision site, bruising, or irritation of a nerve that runs by the veins that are stripped.

From: Varicose and Spider Veins WebMD Medical Reference

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National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are Varicose Veins?” Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose and Spider Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know”

Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose Veins”

FDA: “FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins)”

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Ambulatory Phlebectomy Information”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vein Ligation and Stripping”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are Varicose Veins?” Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose and Spider Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Varicose Veins: What You Need to Know”

Cleveland Clinic: “Varicose Veins”

FDA: “FDA Approves Asclera to Treat Small Varicose Veins”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins)”

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: “Ambulatory Phlebectomy Information”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vein Ligation and Stripping”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 18, 2017

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