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Varicose vein treatment options

​Your doctor may recommend different treatment options depending on the severity of your symptoms and the results you want. In some cases, changes in diet and exercise may be enough to relieve minor symptoms. Wearing support hose can help relieve symptoms and prevent complications.

If these options do not work, a vein specialist can treat varicose and spider veins in their suite with certain procedures including:


Smaller varicose and spider veins can be closed off and reabsorbed into the body using a liquid chemical injection.


Varicose and spider veins are closed off using a medical adhesive.


Larger varicose veins can be treated from inside by inserting a catheter into the vein through a tiny incision in the skin.

Radiofrequency and laser ablation

In many cases, a phlebectomy is paired with ablation. A laser or radiofrequency probe is threaded through the catheter to close off the vein.

Pelvic vein embolization

Varicose veins can happen in the pelvis. This minimally invasive treatment uses a catheter and imaging guidance to close off the veins.

Vein stripping

In more severe cases, varicose veins can be treated by removing the greater saphenous vein from the legs using a surgical procedure.