Has Stripping Surgery been superseded?
So called stripping surgery is now being replaced by new minimally invasive techniques. However, surgery is still one of the treatment options that may have an advantage over the new techniques in a small number of cases. Stripping surgery has becomes a less attractive proposition due to the requirement of hospitalisation and the application of a general anaesthetic an increased risk of complications such as nerve damage and deep venous thrombosis as well as a higher recurrence rate when compared to the new minimally invasive techniques. Please note that no vein procedure will completely cure vein disease despite a significant and substantial improvement following treatment. Varicose veins are a chronic disease that in many cases will require periodic maintenance and surveillance. Treatment at the earlier stages will help avert expensive and morbid complications including pigmentation, dermatitis, thrombophlebitis, leg ulcers and a host of other unpleasant symptoms that patients endure prior to treatment.