Vein ligation and stripping is a minor surgery. It is used to take out a damaged vein and avoid complications of vein damage. If several valves in a vein and the vein itself are severely damaged, the vein is removed. An incision is made below the damaged vein, a stretchy device is threaded up the vein to the first incision and then the vein is gripped and detached. Through this surgery, one or more than one incisions are made over the damaged veins, and the vein is tied off. During surgery in case the ligation cuts off a defective valve and the vein and valves below the defective valve are healthy, the vein may be left in place to continue circulating blood through other veins that still have valves that work well.