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Vein Surgery

Pittsburgh Vein Dr, Doctor, Varicose Vein Stripping surgery

Why is vein surgery performed on varicose veins?

vein valve diagram

Varicose veins that are large, protruding out, or unsightly. Surgery may also be appropriate if your varicose veins are causing symptoms such as burning, aching, soreness, and cramping. 


Veins are blood vessels that carry blood from your body back to the heart. Valves inside the veins help direct blood back to the heart. When valves are damaged or weakened, blood can pool up in the veins which causes them to swell and weaken. Varicose veins occur as a result of this. 


Your healthcare provider may consider varicose vein surgery for you only if other treatments have been ineffective. Ask your doctor about other options of less invasive treatment to find the best treatment for your situation. 


Who performs varicose vein surgery?


The following specialists perform surgery on varicose veins:

  • General Surgeons
  • Vein Specialists
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Phlebologists
  • Dermatologists

How is this surgery performed?

Varicose vein surgery is performed in doctor’s offices, surgical centers, and hospitals depending on your given situation. One or more types of anesthesia will be used including:

  • General anesthesia is administered via IV and gases are given to put the patient into a deep sleep. 
  • Local anesthesia is administered via injection around certain nerves to numb the area desired. 

What to expect the day of your surgery?

Varicose vein surgery that only use local anesthesia includes the following steps:

  1. Change into a patient gown
  2. Your doctor will mark the veins with a pen to identify them
  3.  You will lie on the exam table to allow access to the surgeon
  4. Your doctor/surgeon will prepare the skin by cleaning the area
  5. The local anesthetic will be injected and you will remain awake during the procedure

Why the AVC doesn’t use General Anesthesia for Vein Surgery

Varicose vein surgery that uses general anesthesia includes the following steps:

  1. Talk with your pre-operative nurse who will perform an exam and check to ensure all needed tasks are completed and the consent form is signed
  2. The surgical team will instruct you to change into a patient gown
  3. Talk to your anesthesiologist or nurse about your medical history and the type of anesthesia you will be receiving 
  4. A surgical team member will administer an IV
  5. The anesthesia will be started
  6. For general anesthesia, your anesthesiologist or nurse will place a tube into your lungs to protect and control breathing safely. You will not remember this or the procedure
  7. Your doctor will use small incisions, surgical techniques, and instruments to close off or remove the varicose veins
  8. The surgical team will monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure and while recovering to ensure safety 

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