(Invaginate Vein Removal) Varicose veins may be surgically removed by any one of several methods. The process of invaginate vein stripping of the larger abnormal superficial veins has several advantages over other widely practiced methods of vein stripping. The invaginate vein removal technique involves stripping the vein into itself in a manner similar to turning a stocking inside out. The benefits of using this technique include:
A lower incidence of injury to the surrounding sensory nerves of the foot
Smaller more cosmetically appealing incisions
Minimal amount of bruising
Performed as an outpatient surgery
This method of vein removal is performed in an outpatient surgery facility under general anesthesia and is used infrequently.
For the first 24 hours postoperative, your leg(s) will be wrapped from the foot to as high as the upper thigh in an ace wrap dressing. This dressing may become moist as the anesthetic fluid leaves the subcutaneous tissue of your leg. This is a normal and expected process. You may remove your dressing after 24 hours.
During the immediate postoperative period, avoid prolonged sitting or standing. We encourage you to walk 10 minutes every two hours while awake and while lying down keep your legs elevated above your heart. Avoid strenuous physical activities such as high-impact aerobics, jogging or weightlifting for two weeks.
If the outer dressing is constricting, causing numbness or pain, you may cut it just enough to relieve the pressure or walk to loosen it. If bleeding or oozing of the anesthetic fluid occurs through the wrap apply a new ace wrap or gauze over the dressing to secure it.
Once your dressing is removed you can leave your incision(s) open to air. You may have a small amount of bleeding at the incision site, this is normal. A new ace wrap may be applied for comfort but continued use of a dressing over the incision after 24 hours is not usually necessary.
You may be bruised and have areas beneath your incisions that are lumpy/bumpy and you may experience numbness, tingling, burning, or intermittent sharp shooting pains. These will resolve over a few weeks.
Do not drive or drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medication.
A postoperative visit will be scheduled approximately 3-4 weeks following you operation.
If you have any questions or problems, please call the Restoration Vein Care office at (734) 712-4310.