Vein Ligation and Stripping

Vein ligation
Vein ligation is a minimally invasive procedure that corrects venous insufficiency, or reflux, in the legs. Venous insufficiency occurs when the leg veins do not allow blood to travel back to the heart from the lower extremities.  Problems with valves in the veins can cause the blood to flow in both directions, not just toward the heart. Valves that are not working properly can cause blood in the legs to pool and if left untreated, pain, swelling, and leg ulcers may result. Laura Garvey, M.D. at the Vein Center at MetroDerm, P.C. specializes in vein treatment and vascular surgery and can comfortably correct venous insufficiency in your legs.

Did you know?

Arteries carry blood away from the heart while veins carry blood to the heart.


Venous insufficiency is more common among people who are obese, pregnant, or who have a family history of the problem. Individuals who have had trauma to the leg through injury, surgery, or previous blood clots are also more likely to develop the condition. Other causes include the following:

  • High blood pressure in the leg veins over a long period of time
  • Sitting or standing for prolonged periods
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Phlebitis (swelling and inflammation of a superficial vein, usually in the legs)

Symptoms of Vein Reflux

  • Swelling of legs and/or ankles
  • Tight feeling calves or itchy painful legs
  • Pain during walking that stops with rest
  • Brown-colored skin particularly near the ankles
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg ulcers that are sometimes resistant to treatment

About the Procedure

The vein ligation procedure involves tying off the vein so that blood flow reroutes to nearby healthy veins for improved circulation and is performed at the Johnson Ferry/Perimeter office under local anesthesia. There is minimal post-procedure discomfort and most patients are able to return to work the day following the procedure.

Prior to the procedure, Dr. Garvey will create a specific treatment plan based on each patient’s health criteria:

  • Age
  • Overall health/medical history
  • Extent of the disease
  • Tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Expected disease progression
  • Patient’s personal opinion or preference

Vein ligation aftercare and recovery

Following the procedure, Dr. Garvey may recommend lifestyle changes to improve a patient’s vein health.

  • Elevate the legs to reduce pressure in leg veins
  • Keep legs uncrossed when sitting
  • Physical therapy
  • Regular exercise
  • Compression stockings to help blood flow
  • Medication

Each patient is unique; therefore, results may vary.

Veins are a specialty at the Vein Center at MetroDerm, P.C. Dr. Laura Garvey is an experienced and well-trained doctor who specializes in vein treatment. She helps her patients get relief from the pain and disfigurement of varicose veins as well as other vein problems and attracts patients from all over the Atlanta Metro area including Kennesaw, Roswell, Smyrna,  Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek and Suwanee.

If you have questions about visible or protruding veins, leg pain, or pressure, call the Vein Center at MetroDerm, P.C. for a vein screening and consultation the Vein Center at MetroDerm, P.C. works with insurance companies to file claims for vein care since it impacts the circulatory system. Dr. Garvey provides vein care at the Johnson Ferry/Perimeter office.