The technique of ambulatory phlebectomy has demonstrated that varices can be removed in a simple and atraumatic way. This method is not very appropriate in eliminating the long (LSV) or the short saphenous vein (SSV). Here, stripping is the better choice. However, classic text-book stripping is still a crude procedure and now accounts for most postoperative complications and complaints. A desideratum of veinous surgery is to render stripping as simple and inoffensive as ambulatory phlebectomy.
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