Vein Ligation

Vein ligation and stripping is a procedure performed in the operating room and typically is used for removal of the saphenous vein from the leg, as part of the treatment for varicose veins. It involves tying off the affected saphenous vein and then "stripping" or removing the entire vein from the leg through small incisions in the groin and lower leg. Patients are discharged the same day with a brief recovery period.

Varicose veins occur when blood returning to the heart pools inside a vein, causing congestion and enlargement of the vein. Varicose veins typically appear swollen, dark purple or blue, and they often look like large ropes or a cluster of grapes. In many cases, varicose veins will cause symptoms, including leg discomfort, aching, burning, itching, throbbing, heaviness, tiredness, cramping, or swelling. A thorough exam of the legs – including an ultrasound – will confirm the diagnosis of varicose veins. Since most varicose veins pose no serious health risk, treatments generally are aimed at eliminating the unsightly appearance of the veins and improving symptoms.


Whether you are looking for treatment for spider and varicose veins or a more complex vein problem, The UAB Vein Clinic offers comprehensive evaluation, specialized treatment, and compassionate care for the health of your veins.

As central Alabama’s premier comprehensive vein center, The UAB Vein Clinic provides state-of-the-art cosmetic, minimally-invasive, and surgical treatments by vascular specialists and medical experts who are specialty trained in vein disease.

The clinic, located at UAB Hospital-Highlands, provides outpatient care, while more intensive treatment is provided at UAB Hospital. The UAB Vein Clinic is part of the larger UAB Vein Program. As the only program of its kind in the state, the UAB Vein Program is designed to care for a wide range of venous problems.

When you choose UAB Medicine to care for your vein condition, you gain instant access to physicians who are leaders in the most complex vascular conditions and offer the latest in cutting-edge treatment options. 



Related Conditions

This procedure may be used to treat or diagnose several different conditions. We have listed some of these conditions below for your convenience. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and may vary depending on your specific diagnosis.