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Blast of steam for varicose veins

22nd October 2010

A new device that’s smaller than a matchstick and sprays super-hot steam into blood vessels is the latest treatment for varicose veins.

The steam ablation treatment has proven effective in shrinking and destroying swollen veins and within a week after treatment, say researchers, all the veins the device were used on were blocked, with no blood flowing through them. Researchers also suggest the treatment has fewer side-effects than other therapies. More than 40,000 procedures to tackle varicose veins – including surgery - are carried out in the NHS each year.

 

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