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Varicose vein surgery
The most common operation for varicose veins is where the main varicose vein is tied off in the groin and stripped out to below the level of the knee.
The remainder of the varicose veins are then removed through small stab incisions made over the veins.
You may have another vein behind the knee tied off as well or instead of the vein in the groin.
Benefits of surgery
The surgery is intended to treat the symptoms of varicose veins that are of concern to you, although it may not cure them all.
The surgery may allow leg ulcers to heal more quickly and will help to prevent future recurrece of the ulcers.

Side effects of surgery
Bruising and swelling is common after varicose vein surgery. This may take several weeks to settle completely. It is also common to have lumpy tender areas on the treated leg which can persist for several months.

Risks and complications
These are rare but occasionally problems may develop such as bleeding, discharge or infection.

Numbness can occur initially but will settle in the majority of cases within a couple of months. This can be permanant in 5% (1 in 20) patients.

Burning or altered skin sensation may occur but usually settles with time.

Long term painful sensations occur in less than 1% (1 in 100) cases.

Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) in the leg occurs in approximately 1% of cases and may require further treatment.

What are the alternatives to surgery?
At this time alternatives to surgery include

The wearing of compression hoisery
Foam sclerotherapy
Radio Frequency ablation

Futher information
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Please see your doctor with any questions regarding personal health or medical conditions