What are the risks and potential complications of the procedure?

Your doctor will discuss the specific risks and potential benefits of the recommended procedure with you. This is generally a very safe procedure, causing relatively little pain and, in most cases, is well-tolerated. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks, including infection at the site of the incisions, the development of a clot in the vein in the leg, and irritation of a nerve that runs along with the veins that are typically stripped.

Special precautions are taken to decrease these risks, and there may be other possible risks. When you meet with your doctor, please ask questions to make sure you understand the risks of the procedure and why the procedure is recommended.

Are there any side effects of the treatment?

As with any surgical procedure, you will feel somewhat tired for a few weeks. In addition, you will have pain at the sites of the incision, you may experience pain along the sites of ablation, and you may get bruising at the sites of ligation and stripping. The discoloration from bruising typically resolves over a few weeks, but in rare cases it can persist. Very rarely, if the nerve that runs along with the vein is irritated, patients may experience numbness and tingling along the front of the lower leg.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/14/2019.

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