Which treatment is best for varicose veins?

A UK study has compared three procedures for quality of life and cost-effectiveness

At five years, surgery for varicose veins and thermal ablation by laser edge out ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy for patient quality of life, according to a UK randomised trial.

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Both provide modestly better quality of life than foam sclerotherapy for patients, and laser treatment also emerged as more cost-effective than surgery, researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The findings show that the trends seen when the researchers reported their six-month results persisted.

"All three treatments improve quality of