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Traditionally, varicose veins have been removed with surgery. The surgery may involve tying off the saphenous vein, then partially or completely removing its branches, a procedure known as vein stripping. This type of surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, and the patient must rest the leg for about a week afterward. Another option for varicose vein removal is called sclerotherapy, or injection therapy. In this procedure, a solution is injected into the vein to force it to clot. Unlike with the new heat therapy, varicose veins often return after sclerotherapy.

Published June 13, 2005.

SOURCES: Ben Lee, MD, plastic surgeon, Englewood, Colo. Barry DiBernardo, MD, director, New Jersey Plastic Surgery, Montclair, N.J.; spokesman, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Ariel Ostad, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, New York University Medical Center. Stuart J. Mogul, DPM, podiatric surgeon, New York; author, Perfect Feet. Donald W. Kress, MD, plastic surgeon, Frederick, Md.

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