Since defunct vein valves cannot be repaired, the only alternative is to re-route blood flow
through healthy veins. Traditionally, this has been done by surgically removing (stripping)
the troublesome vein from your leg. Nowadays, there are several advanced procedures that
provide a less invasive alternative to vein stripping by simply closing the problem vein
instead. Once the diseased vein is closed, other healthy veins take over and empty blood
from your legs and send them back to the heart and lungs for getting cleaned a d recycled
Most patients have a combination of varicose veins, reticular veins, and spider veins.
Different treatment methods may be best for each type of vein involved, or for different
sized veins. Therefore, more than one treatment method will be required for most patients.
In general, varicose veins and any associated reflux are treated prior to treatment of
spider veins. It is usual practice to tackle the bigger system of varicose veins first and
tackle the residual smaller reticular veins or spider veins subsequently if they