Spider veins and varicose veins are a common disease
You will find detailed information in our vein dictionary
Surgical procedure to remove side branch varicose veins and less commonly also reticular varicose veins. Also called hook phlebectomy.
The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia, whereby the local anaesthetic is injected along the varicose veins. A hook is inserted through a small skin incision into the subcutaneous tissue, where the diseased veins run. The vein is caught with the hook, pulled out through the skin, and ripped off under the skin. Another incision is made, the hook inserted again, the next segment of the vein ripped out, and so on. In this way, it is possible to remove large segments of vein through several small incisions. The incisions usually heal without scarring.
Phlebectomy is often performed as an outpatient (ambulatory) procedure and leads to only minor restrictions at work and in everyday life following the operation.
Haematomas and bruises of varying severity occur in the area of the operation, but these usually disappear within a few days.