What to Expect From Vein Surgery

Varicose veins affect about 40 million Americans. While most cases of varicose veins can be managed through lifestyle modifications and noninvasive treatments, some cases require surgery or minimally invasive procedures.

Our expert vascular surgeons at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center have extensive experience treating vascular conditions. We offer several in-office surgeries and minimally invasive treatment options for varicose veins and other vascular conditions. 

Here, we share information on what surgeries are available to treat varicose veins.

What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins are the result of damaged or weak vein valves and primarily occur in your legs, although they sometimes appear on your face and other parts of your body. 

Blood flows from your heart through your arteries to different parts of your body and travels back to your heart through your veins. 

Valves in your veins ensure that blood moves in one direction toward your heart. When valves get weak, blood can flow back into your veins, pooling and eventually bulging. These bulging veins are varicose veins. Often, they’re just unsightly, but sometimes they can be painful and itchy.  

When is surgery necessary to treat varicose veins?

The first line of treatment for varicose veins is lifestyle modifications. Lifestyle changes include:

We may also recommend wearing compression stockings or taking medication to help relieve varicose vein symptoms.

If these noninvasive methods fail to relieve your symptoms, we discuss surgical options. Some of our patients choose surgery to improve the appearance of their legs, while others need surgery to reduce the painful and uncomfortable symptoms. 

What to expect during and after vein surgery

There are several minimally invasive and traditional surgical options. We evaluate your medical history, health, symptoms, and reason for surgery and recommend the best procedure for you. Some surgical treatment options include:

Depending on the procedure, you will receive general anesthesia or regional anesthesia. The former puts you to sleep, and the latter numbs the area where the surgery will be performed. Either way, you don’t feel pain during the procedure.  

During vein stripping and phlebectomy, we remove the problem vein or veins. After Vein stripping, most patients back on their feet and moving the same day with only mild discomfort for a day to two days post-procedure

With endovenous ablation and endoscopic vein surgery, the surgery closes off the vein. Eventually, the blood reroutes to another vein, and the problem vein fades away. 

After ablation surgery and/or endoscopic vein surgery, you may feel slight soreness and must wear a compression bandage, but you can go home that day and resume normal activity soon after. 

Are your varicose veins bothering you? Contact us at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center to make an appointment for a personalized treatment plan. We have offices in Port Jefferson Station, Hauppauge, and Riverhead, New York.

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