To assess the efficacy of a new technique for stripping segments of the short saphenous vein (SSV) or long saphenous vein (LSV).Design:
Preliminary report on 83 cases.Patients:
Seventy-five patients with incompetence of the SSV or LSV.Interventions:
Forty-two partial Strippings and one complete stripping of the SSV; 40 Strippings of segments of the LSV.Results:
The method described (‘Pin-stripping’) permits stripping without visualization of the distal end of the vein. Removal of the vein is possible through a stab incision and is feasible under local anaesthesia. Operation time is reduced and no postoperative complication was seen.Conclusions:
Compared with conventional Strippings, ‘Pin-stripping’ offers several advantages in removing segments of the LSV or SSV.