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Surgery for Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Though the majority of people with chronic venous insufficiency are successfully treated at NYU Langone with minimally invasive procedures, surgery is sometimes required if the condition of the veins doesn’t improve. Our doctors perform vascular surgeries to repair faulty valves and remove blockages.

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Valve Repair

When the valves that help blood flow in the legs are damaged, NYU Langone vascular surgeons may repair them.

In a valve repair procedure, which is performed with general anesthesia, your surgeon makes an incision in the leg to access the damaged vein. He or she then stitches the valve to strengthen it.

This surgery typically requires a hospital stay. Your daily activities may be restricted for up to six weeks after the procedure as you heal.

Valve Transplant

In a valve transplant, a healthy vein valve replaces a damaged one.

During this procedure, which requires general anesthesia, the surgeon makes an incision in the leg and clamps and cuts the damaged vein. Next, he or selects a suitable vein valve, typically from the leg, to replace the damaged one.

The healthy vein is surgically attached to the open end of the vein. Blood is allowed to flow through the new, healthy part of the vein.

You remain in the hospital for several days. Your daily activities may be restricted for up to six weeks.

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