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Minimally Invasive Treatments for Varicose Veins Announced

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Bulging varicose veins are not only unsightly; they can also be very painful. Today, thanks to new technology, several minimally or noninvasive treatment options are available to treat varicose veins and provide symptom relief. These procedures are as effective as surgical options such as vein stripping, but with a much shorter recovery period, enabling patients to quickly resume their daily activities.

Thermal ablation has been popular for roughly 10 years and has virtually replaced vein stripping as the standard treatment for varicose veins in the U.S. Performed under local anesthesia in the doctor’s office, it reduces symptoms of pain and swelling, and improves the quality of life for patients with chronic venous disease.

“Thermal ablation represents a significant advance in the treatment of varicose veins. It is an endovascular technique, meaning that treatment occurs from inside of the affected vein,” says Dr. Dmitry Rabkin, an interventional radiologist and vein care specialist at Brigham and Women’s Vascular Vein Care Centers.

Sclerotherapy for varicose veins is one of many treatments available.


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