Other Treatments

Almost all varicose and spider vein treatments can be provided our our clinics. However, in some cases a patient will require a procedure available only at a large hospital. When this occurs, our patients have direct access to all University of Michigan Health System facilities and medical specialists, including those based in Ann Arbor.

Procedures that would require referral include:

Vein Phlebectomy: Phlebectomy is a method of removing varicose veins on the surface of the legs. This procedure involves making tiny punctures or incisions through which the varicose veins are removed. Either a suture or steri-strip is placed over the incision site.

Vein Ligation: This surgery involves incisions that are made over the problem vein and the vein is tied off. This is done in order to cut off the blood flow to the varicose vein, which in turn causes it to become less visible.

Vein stripping diagram

Vein Stripping: Stripping (see figure) involves tying off the upper end of a problem vein and then removing the lower portion of the vein. Vein stripping is performed in an operating room.

Phlebectomy, Vein Ligation, and Vein Stripping: These treatments are performed by the Section of Vascular Surgery at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center in Ann Arbor. These procedures are performed in an operating room under general anesthesia.