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Surgical Ligation and Stripping

VenaCure EVLT(TM) Surgery
(Ligation & Stripping)
Treatment Location
Office Hospital
Anesthesia Local General Anesthesia
Success Rate 93-98%1,2 77-82%3,4
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
or Saphenous Thrombus
0.3%7.8 5.3%6
Pulmonary Embolism (PE) None Reported11
Side Effects
Ecchymosis/Hematoma Mild to Moderate (<35%)1,9.12 Significant (>50%)5
Pain/Tenderness Mild to Moderate (<25%)9,12 Moderate (28%)5
Paresthesia 0.08%1,10 14%5
Return to normal activity 1-2 days 3.9 days5
Patient Satisfaction (would recommend to a friend) 99.8%1



Vein stripping is when a heavily damaged vein is removed entirely from the body. This is done by grasping the vein through an incision in the skin, and physically pulling the vein out. Generally vein stripping is performed in an out-patient setting under regional or general anesthesia.


Vein ligation is a procedure in which one or more incisions are made in the leg, and the veins are tied off. This cuts off the problematic vein, and the blood still circulates through the remaining functional veins. This procedure is performed in an out-patient setting under regional or general anesthesia.

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  8. No DVT reported (MAUDE, see footnote 11); 0.3% represents non-occlusive thrombus extension
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  11. FDA reported events on Manufacturer & User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database (up to April 2007) since product inception. Up to date results available at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfMAUDE/search.cfm
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