Abstract A complete stripping procedure for varicose veins has been carried out with the patient on a fully ambulatory basis. The physical examination of the patient and all necessary laboratory tests are performed shortly before surgery. On the day of operation the patient reports to the “ambulatory room” at 7:30 am and the operation is started shortly thereafter. After surgery under general anesthesia, the patient remains in the recovery room for about one hour and is then transferred back to the ambulatory room. Two hours later he walks with assistance and at about 5:00 pm he is discharged. The following day he becomes fully ambulatory and starts returning to work and all normal activities. Three hundred forty-one patients have been operated upon in this fashion. With this technic the patient is immobilized for only one day and there has been a great saving of hospital beds and work-hours.