Vein ligation and stripping is a surgical procedure. It is used to remove a damaged vein and prevent complications of vein damage. If several valves in a vein and the vein itself are heavily damaged, the vein (or the diseased part of the vein) is removed (stripped). An incision is made below the vein, a flexible instrument is threaded up the vein to the first incision and the vein is grasped and removed.
Veins are blood vessels that carry blood back to the heart, working against the force of gravity. Your calf muscles and a system of valves in the veins help move blood toward the heart. With varicose veins, the valves are missing or damaged and do not function properly. This allows blood to remain in the veins, causing them to swell or enlarge. The increased pressure from the blood can lead to pain (including heaviness, aching and burning), mild swelling of the ankles, skin discoloration and may eventually lead to venous ulcers.
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