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Vascular Surgery

Bleeding vein

02/15/2008

Question:

What are the treatment options for a vein that periodiclly bleeds via a varicose vein just above my right ankle. In a reply by Dr. Amy Reed to a previous question on the same problem, it was stated that there are a number of options. On my last visit to the hospital, a DEM nurse asked if I had considered cauterization. Could someone please explain to me what is involved in cauterization? Thanks.

Answer:

Ablation is the proper term. Instead of stripping or removing the vein, a thin catheter scars the vein down from the inside. I would recommend you seek consultation with a vascular surgeon to see what the options are.

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Amy B Reed, MD Amy B Reed, MD
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