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How are varicose veins and spider veins treated?

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Varicose veins are frequently treated by eliminating the "bad" veins. This forces the blood to flow through the remaining healthy veins. Various methods can be used to eliminate the problem veins, including, most commonly, surgery to close them down or remove them, or sclerotherapy (injection of irritating substances into the problem vein to irritate the vein lining and close them down). Less commonly, laser or electro-cautery treatments have been used to treat the smallest spider veins, especially on the face. Surgery to treat varicose veins, commonly referred to as "stripping," is usually done under local or partial anesthesia, such as an epidural.

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.

Spider and Varicose Veins from MedicineNet.

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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