This procedure is similar to surgical vein stripping, but less invasive. It is typically used to treat superficial and smaller branch varicose veins that drain into the larger truncal veins such as the greater saphenous vein or lesser saphenous vein. Tumescent anesthesia is administered to the region adjacent to the target veins. Following tumescent anesthesia, a series of small skin incisions are made above the veins and the veins are gently dissected from surrounding tissues. The veins are then removed from the body. Ligation is not required for these smaller veins. Upon removing a vein, localized compression is applied to stop the bleeding (hemostasis).
01: A sterile, surgical hook is inserted through a small incision in the skin. 02: A section of the diseased vein is hooked. 03: The vein is removed from the body via the small incision.