Conventional Vein Surgery
This procedure has been done for decades and has been proven to be safe and effective, it has a success rate of > 95%. It involves a small incision in the groin and removal of the “damaged” vein (LSV) via the groin incision. Other small incisions are made below the knee to remove varicose veins.
This procedure requires general or regional anesthesia. It requires hospitalization, longer recovery period and has more post operative pain/scarring when compared to EVLT.
This procedure has also been proven to have more bleeding, wound infection rates as compared to EVLT.
Conventional vein surgery is still recommended for some patients who some reason or other may not be suitable for EVLT.