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For many people, spider and varicose veins are an unfortunate reality, despite their best efforts to prevent them from appearing. While it is possible for preventative vein treatment such as wearing compression stockings, regularly exercising, maintaining a healthy diet, and not smoking to be enough for many people to avoid varicose and spider veins, age and a genetic predisposition can sabotage your best efforts. In cases where the development of a vein condition was unpreventable, individuals may want to consider their vein removal options.

Vein removal can be something as simple as sclerotherapy, an injection that blocks off the vein, or as literal as the actual removal of the offending vein, known as stripping. There are a variety of options available to those looking for spider vein treatment or varicose vein removal. One popular vein treatment is known as endovenous laser treatment, EVLT for short. This vein removal procedure consists of a thin fiber being inserted into the backed up vein via a tiny incision. A laser is then used to deliver light energy to the vein, thereby causing the vein to close up. While it might seem hazardous to close a vein, the vein treatment simply causes blood that used to travel through the affected vein to be redirected through a healthy, viable one.

In addition to endovenous laser treatment, there’s the aforementioned practice of vein stripping. With the advent of EVLT, vein stripping procedures have reduced in frequency, but are still a viable option for individuals with severe cases of varicose veins. The primary advantage of vein stripping versus vein removal via EVLT is that vein stripping is generally a more permanent solution. While there’s a slight chance of varicose vein reoccurrence with either procedure, vein stripping offers severely reduced chances of having a varicose vein reappear.

Of course, varicose veins are often harmless and only a cosmetic issue. It’s only in rare cases that an individual will experience aching, bruising, greater susceptibility to bleeding, and possibly deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis is a condition wherein the blood in a vein clots, causing a potentially dangerous situation. If this clot is dislodged and works its way to the lungs, it can be fatal. Considering only about 50% of individuals with deep vein thrombosis exhibit any symptoms, it’s imperative to get your varicose veins checked out by a vein specialist. The specialist will be able to advise you on the vein removal technique best suited for your particular condition. Search through the vast network of vein care specialists on to find a vein treatment doctor near you.

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