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How are leg veins treated?

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How are leg veins treated? Well, frankly that is not a simple answer. It all depends on the kind of problems that the patient is complaining at. We must first find out their symptoms, history, physical exam which probably includes a venous duplex evaluation. These are one of the most common things we use to diagnose venous problems. Treatment can be as simple as an injection with a solution into a vein that is called sclerotherapy. Or it can involve something more such as removal of clusters of veins from the surface that is called phlebectomy. Or endovenous laser ablation that is where we put a catheter inside a vein and use heat to close it. Very complex problems sometimes require going into outpatient surgery where we put in catheters and use balloons and stents to open up vessels that have been previously closed or partially blocked.

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