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Can surgery help varicose and spider veins?

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Surgery is generally used to treat large varicose veins. Procedures include:

  • Ligation - Tying off of a vein
  • Stripping - Removal of a long segment of vein)
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy - Removal of large surface veins through small incisions that don't need stitches. You may get local, spinal, or general anesthesia. You'll probably go home the same day as the procedure.

From: Varicose Veins and Spider Veins WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Varicose Veins."

WomensHealth.gov: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 17, 2016

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Varicose Veins."

WomensHealth.gov: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 17, 2016

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