Because surgical ligation and stripping is a surgical procedure that must be performed under general anesthesia, it carries with it many of the risks that are typical of surgical procedures. Luckily, there are relatively few cases where a certain patient absolutely must have this procedure as opposed to others, so patients can be selectively chosen to prevent unnecessary surgical ligation and stripping risks.
Some potential surgical ligation and stripping risks include numbness, and on rare occasions, an increase in the severity of varicose veins. While it is not in the same category as traditional surgical ligation and stripping complications, other patients may experience scarring that is more than they might have anticipated from the procedure. While the scarring is not severe enough to bother the majority of patients, some patients who elected to undergo surgical ligation and stripping for strictly cosmetic reasons have been disappointed by the resulting scars.
While, for healthy patients, surgical ligation and stripping complications are not very common, it is still important to have a conversation with your doctor to determine if this, or another procedure, is the best course of action for your own personal needs. We perform a variety of vein treatments including laser vein removal, compression therapy, and sclerotherapy. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation to learn more about these procedures call us today at 800-670-1319.