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Vein Stripping

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about vein stripping?

Vein stripping is surgery to remove varicose veins. Varicose veins are large, twisted veins that bulge out under your skin.

Varicose Veins

How do I prepare for vein stripping?

What will happen during vein stripping?

What should I expect after vein stripping?

What are the risks of vein stripping?

Your leg may bruise, swell, or get infected. You may also have scarring where the incisions were made. Your varicose veins may come back. You may bleed more than expected. Your nerves may be damaged, which can cause pain, numbness, or a burning feeling in your leg. You may also have trouble moving your leg or foot. You may get a blood clot in your leg. This may become life-threatening.

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