At The Private Clinic we do not use (and do not recommend using) vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) suggest that stripping should no longer be used except in exceptional circumstances, and that minimally-invasive options far outperform the older technique. Simply put, there are much better treatments available.
Vein stripping is a major surgical procedure usually performed under general anaesthesia. Incisions are made either in the groin or behind the knee, through which an instrument is passed to invert and remove the entire length of the vein.
The procedure is not only painful, but also requires unnecessary time off work (anywhere from 14-21 days) and can cause extensive bruising with a lengthy recovery time.
Despite this, 67% of NHS patients are still treated with vein stripping. Local health authorities claim that varicose veins are a cosmetic problem, but at least 40% of patients with varicose veins experience significant discomfort. Varicose vein treatment on the NHS is largely confined to patients with more severe complications like phlebitis and ulcers but, even in these cases, minimally invasive treatments can be a better option than vein stripping.
At The Private Clinic we believe we offer the best options to treat varicose veins, to book a consultation with one of our vascular surgeons click here.