THE VEIN strippers described in this report have been in clinical use since 1958.
The instruments consist of a stripping head attached either to a braided stainless steel wire or a semiflexible stainless steel shaft. The stripping head for both types is identical in design differing only in size. It consists of a hollow tube, one end of which is closed and serves to anchor the shaft or wire. The open end has a cutting edge which is turned inwards. The tube may be detached from the fixed end for cleaning or removal of the stripped vein. In the accompanying figures the details of construction are depicted (Fig 1 and 2). The long saphenous vein is stripped out with the braided wire stripper. The short saphenous, the branches, and communicating veins are removed with semiflexible wire strippers.
The main saphenous trunk is first exposed at the groin and then