Which is Better? Ambulatory Phlebectomy or Sclerotherapy?

Many people assume that Phlebectomy is “vein stripping” when it is instead a minimally invasive procedure.

Vein stripping was primarily the only way of treating varicose veins 20 years ago, but not now. It would involve using surgical incisions on the leg and then the whole saphenous vein was stripped out, which was a painful surgery requiring sedation and usually left big scars. This didn’t even involve any surface veins. The spider veins called telangietasias, venulectasias and reticular veins and varicose veins still needed to be treated after the stripping.


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