‘Pin-Stripping’: A Novel Method of Atraumatic Stripping

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Abstract

Objective:

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.

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