People who have operations to strip their varicose veins are at risk from suffering venous thromboembolism (vein blockage by a clot) after surgery, Swiss doctors warn.

Their suspicions are based on a study of 19,161 patients who were operated on at their clinic in Geneva. Until their views are tested in a proper study, they urge doctors to give their patients preventative medications.

See WDDTY 7.2 for Alternatives to treating varicose veins.

BMJ, May 4, 1996.

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