What is “Outpatient Surgery for Varicose Veins”?

Outpatient surgery for varicose veins is a procedure that takes from one to two hours and can be done under spinal, epidural, or general anesthesia.

What does the procedure involve?

Small incisions, from 1-2cm, are made and the veins are gently removed. We do not “strip” veins, as this often results in more pain after the surgery. We prefer to preserve the vein, as it may be needed in the future for heart surgery.

What happens after my surgery?

After your surgery, a soft bulky dressing is used to wrap the leg. This dressing will remain on the leg for three days, after which it will be removed in the office. We recommend that you take it easy for the first two days, and then your activity can gradually be increased.

How soon can I go back to work?

You may return to work in one to two weeks, depending upon how demanding your job is. You may resume strenuous excercise and activity in one month.

What happens after the vein or veins are removed?

After a vein is removed, it does not return. Though the veins will not return, new veins can develop over time, which is why we recommend yearly re-evaluations to treat new veins before they become more extensive.