What is vein stripping vs. VNUS Closure?
A lot of patients ask me about vein stripping. Vein stripping is an antiquated if not medieval procedure done in the hospital, usually under a general anesthetic, where the veins are surgically stripped and ripped out of the body. It is a very, shall we say, non-elegant procedure. In rare cases it's the only choice, but in the vast majority of cases we can treat the problem with minimally invasive techniques. Obviously with vein stripping it involves hospitals, time, you can be out of work for days if not weeks, there's a lot of discomfort and pain with the treatment and then afterwards in recovery. Basically the bottom line with stripping is you're destroying the vein systems. With vein closure it's more physiologic, it's more gentle, you're actually depressurizing those veins or vein systems, so it's a much better option in my opinion.
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