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    An estimated 72 percent of women and 42 percent of men will experience varicose vein symptoms by the time they reach their 60s. Women are at greater risk due to hormonal changes that relax vein walls during pregnancy, pre-menstruation or menopause. Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy may also increase the risk. Obesity, a family history of varicose veins or spending a great deal of time standing can increase the chances of developing varicose veins, but varicose veins can occur in almost anyone at almost any age.

    If left untreated, varicose veins will continue to worsen. Varicose veins are a chronic and progressive disease, which means that over time there is a tendency for varicose veins to become more extensive and uncomfortable if they are not treated.

    Varicose Vein Treatment Options

    Vein Ablation

    Sutter’s interventional radiologists offer laser and radiofrequency ablation techniques. Local anesthetic is applied to numb the vein, then a thin catheter is inserted into the vein. A laser or radiofrequency energy heats and seals the vein closed. Blood naturally redirects to healthy veins to establish normal blood flow. This outpatient treatment is performed in less than an hour and provides immediate relief with no scarring or stitches. Patients typically return to normal activity within a day.

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    Our Health Information Library offers in-depth information on Vein Ablation including treatment overview, how to prepare and what to expect.


    Injection Schlerotherapy

    Injection Schlerotherapy is an additional treatment option for varicose and spider veins. This treatment uses a fine needle to inject the vein with a substance that causes the veins to scar and close, rerouting the blood to healthier veins and causing the injected vein to shrink.

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    Our Health Information Library offers in-depth information on Injection Schlerotherapy including treatment overview, how to prepare and what to expect.


    Ambulatory Phlebectomy

    Ambulatory Phlebectomy is used to treat varicose veins that are not caused by Saphenous Vein Reflux. The abnormal vein is removed through a tiny incision. Stitches are not required and scarring is minimal.

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