Vein stripping and phlebectomy are not the same thing.

  • Stripping:

General anaesthesia is necessary for stripping, and the treated area or leg must be extensively incised.

In order for your body to heal, this invasive operation necessitates a lengthy recovery period; as a result, you should plan on spending a large amount of time in bed after the procedure.

This treatment is no longer necessary thanks to advances in technology, which allow doctors to avoid removing the patient’s vein.

  • Phlebectomy:

Phlebectomy is a more contemporary surgery than vein stripping, and it is less invasive.

Through a minimally invasive incision, this surgery does eliminate the varicose veins from the treated area.

varicose vein is removed in parts using specially designed equipment that fit through these tiny incisions. One employs local anaesthesia. The recovery period is also considerably shorter than with vein stripping, and the majority of patients can resume regular activities the day after the treatment. Also unnecessary is prescription medication; the majority of discomfort may be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers and cold packs from your neighbourhood pharmacy.

Depending on the extent of the treatment, the phlebectomy recovery time may last one to three weeks.

You should use compression stockings while your legs heal. You can take these off when you take a shower.

When phlebectomy is carried out for the right reasons, the long-term outcomes are outstanding, with rates of 90% or higher.

Varicose vein removal can have unpleasant side effects, including infection at the incision site, permanent changes in skin colour, excessive bleeding and bruising, as well as long-lasting numbness or tingling.

Be sure to speak with your vein doctor if any of these symptoms occur after treatment – care is key for a successful recovery!

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