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Are surgical treatments for varicose veins and spider veins painful?

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Because surgery is performed under anesthesia, pain is not felt during the procedure. After the anesthesia wears off, there can be some pain at or near the incisions.

For sclerotherapy, the degree of pain will also depend on the size of the needle used and which solution is injected. Most people find hypertonic saline to be the most painful solution and experience a burning and cramping sensation for several minutes when it is injected. Some doctors mix a mild local anesthetic in with the saline solution to minimize the pain.

From: Spider Veins and Varicose Veins WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, McGraw-Hill, edited by Eugene Braunwald, et. al., 2001. A portion of this information was furnished by the Federal Trade Commission of the United States government.

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Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES: Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, McGraw-Hill, edited by Eugene Braunwald, et. al., 2001. A portion of this information was furnished by the Federal Trade Commission of the United States government.

Spider and Varicose Veins from MedicineNet.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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