Is Surgery Required to Eliminate Spider Veins?

List: Posted: 12/10/10

Spider veins are incredibly common, and they are exceptionally frustrating.  No woman wants to develop these thread-like veins, yet they are incredibly common in pregnant, sedentary and older women.  Even teens can get them if they spend a lot of time sitting still or crossing their legs a lot, so take heart!  If spider veins have become a problem for you, you might find yourself wondering if surgery is necessary to get rid of them.  Here, you can find the answer you have been looking for.

Surgery is certainly a viable option for people with spider veins.  In fact, it is a rather common option.  Laser treatment is a simple procedure where lasers are used to remove these veins entirely.  It can be quite effective, but it is not always necessary.

Another common treatment for spider veins is known as sclerotherapy.  This is the most common option for treating the condition.  With this option, a solution of saline or chemicals is injected into the vein.  This will irritate the lining of the vein, eventually causing it to collapse and disappear.  Once this happens, the vein will no longer cause cosmetic problems and will likely never reappear.  This makes it a very viable option for most patients if not the most comfortable.

With both treatments, a hospital stay is unnecessary.  Both procedures for removing spider veins are done without anesthesia and patients are able to leave the facility after a short period of time.  With sclerotherapy, compression is often required in order to keep the vein collapsed.  Side effects are usually minimal and include cramping and itching.  The treatments are both quite effective, and most people find that they can provide a permanent solution for troublesome spider veins.

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