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Does it hurt to get varicose veins removed?

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Does it hurt to get varicose veins removed? Let us begin by clarifying that the invasive removal of varicose veins has fallen out of favor as a result of the development of newer less invasive procedures. These newer techniques have not only reduced the number of treatments needed, they have dramatically decreased the recurrence rate. The development of endovenous laser ablation has eliminated the pain and scarring issues that were the common recurrence to treatment. One of the modus for developing endovenous laser ablation was to decrease the recurrence rate of varicose veins and to minimize the pain associated with vein stripping surgery. Today's procedures are performed with small catheters, tiny epidermic needles and local numbing agents. This allows great precision and near painless treatment. The procedures are done in an out-patient setting and don't require general anesthesia. The post-operative discomfort is usually mild, and when needed, can be easily treated with the use of over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil.

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