Category Archives: Stripping & Phlebectomies


This is the technique of extirpating a saphenous vein using a metal probe which has been cooled with liquid nitrogen. Although this is still above a cryogenic temperature (-180 or -150 degrees C), it fulfils its purpose as a saphenous vein extractor. There are many advantages in using cold to ablate the saphenous vein rather… Read More »


Traditionally, varicose veins are removed through a short skin incision. These can leave scars, especially if the skin is stretched with forceps to grab the vein. Hooks to pull out the varicose veins have been a significant advance and are in common practice today. Furthermore, the skin incisions can be planned along the long axis… Read More »