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Treating various vein-related diseases and conditions has become easier now than ever before, mainly thanks to the advancement of modern technology and minimally invasive techniques. Latest procedures such as Sclerotherapy, Laser Therapy, Endovenous Laser Treatment and Veinwave  are all highly effective, they require no surgery, have little to no downtime, and minimize the potential risks and complications.

Unfortunately, there are still some techniques and procedures being used nowadays despite the accessibility of much easier and more effective solutions. Consult your physician for specific advice though.

Vein Stripping 

Vein stripping is a surgical procedure, performed in a hospital operating room under general or spinal anesthesia, and it involves actual cutting in your groin, tying off the saphenous vein, making incisions along the leg from thigh to below your knee and eventually inserting a special stripping tool into the vein and taking the vein out of the body. Allergic reactions and infections are not uncommon, and your legs will be scarred in multiple locations. On top of everything, vein stripping surgery is only 71% effective compared to the success rate of 98% of minimally invasive laser therapies.

Vein stripping can be painful, risky and expensive, with risk of permanent incision scars. Most people today opt for more modern minimally invasive techniques.

Creams and Herbal Supplements

In the case of vein diseases and conditions, there are a number of different products on the market, vitamin creams, herbal supplements and natural treatments, which will all promise amazing results. Sadly, all these products are said to be somewhat effective as a prevention of vein diseases, but none of them are able to treat a varicose or spider vein once it has formed in your body. Herbal supplements and creams are not an effective treatment of vein diseases and there are no existing studies or ongoing trials that would prove otherwise.

So do yourself a favor and don’t waste time and money on horse chestnuts, butcher’s broom, sweet clover etc. Rather, find an experienced vein specialist and get a professional consult sooner than later.