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What is the earliest known treatment for varicose veins ? www.VeinGuide.com Fact Sheet
Saturday, November 24, 2012

 

The first historical depiction of treatment for varicose veins was by Hippocrates in the 4th Century BC. It is described that he treated varicose veins by clotting them using a “slender instrument of iron”.

 

Treatment by stripping was described by Celsus in 30 BC. Ligation of varicose veins was introduced by Antillus in the 2nd century AC. Finally, Galen described tearing out varicose veins with a hook in the 2nd Century AD. Such hooks are used in modified form today for stab phlebectomy, i.e. microphlebectomy.

 

Of note, Antillus also described the tracheotomy procedure during the same time period. Today, tracheotomy is still used to gain access to the airway in patients following head and neck surgery for cancer or for individuals that need prolonged use of a ventilator in the intensive care unit.

 

It is noteworthy that these concepts remain a mainstay of ‘traditional’ surgery for vein problems – namely ligation and stripping and phlebectomy with a vein hook !

 

The revolution in phlebology occurred in the last 10 years with the introduction of endovenous procedures such as VNUS Closure® and the VenaCure EVLT® Never Touch procedure, and more recently with new sclerotherapy and laser techniques.

 

Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian is a member of the American College of Phlebology AND a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He can be contacted by calling 716-839-3638 or www.VeinsVeinsVeins.com

 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a member of the American College of Phlebology AND a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He can be contacted by calling 310-998-5535 or www.SantaMonicaVeinCenter.com

 

Drs. Raffy and Hratch Karamanoukian have authored 6 books about venous disease. The books are available on Amazon Kindle and Nook books for download.

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