Varicose Vein Stripping
Varicose vein stripping is the only procedure in this list that is not directly performed by EVA Vein Care, but has been added for informational purposes. This is a minor surgery in which a larger diseased vein (usually the greater saphenous vein or lesser saphenous vein) is completely removed from the body. The procedure is performed by a vascular surgeon in either a clinical setting or a hospital surgical suite. The patient often receives general anesthesia, though hospitalization after the procedure is uncommon. Several incisions are made over the length of the diseased vein to ligate (tie-off) the vein. A flexible instrument is advanced towards the groin from an incision lower in the leg to another incision higher in the leg. The vein is grasped by the instrument and pulled-out via the lower incision.
Benefits: Vein stripping is covered by the British Columbia Medical Services Plan (MSP) and therefore can be performed in public hospitals at no expense to the patient. The procedure has a 90% success rate.
Limitations: The wait-times to see a vascular surgeon combined with additional wait-times for surgery can well exceed one year in British Columbia. Varicose vein stripping has higher rates of leg bruising, pain and substantially increased recovery time than comparably effective minimally invasive techniques such as VenaSeal.