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October 20, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(8):729-730. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.72970250003008a

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Experience over the past 24 years with some 3,000 vein operations has led me to the conclusion that vein stripping is far superior to single or multiple vein ligations in the treatment or eradication of varicose veins. However, the available vein strippers have several disadvantages; namely, (1) the necessity of using a large bulb in order to obviate the tendency for the vein to turn inside out and tear during the procedure, (2) the necessity of ligating the vein to the stripper to prevent inversion, and (3) the time required to remove the vein from the stripper. In an attempt to overcome these disadvantages, the vein stripper to be described here was devised. I used this type of stripper on over 100 vein operations between February, 1955, and March, 1956, and found that it makes the procedure of vein stripping not only less tedious but also more complete.

The stripper

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