Can I Drain Varicose Veins with a Syringe?

Will it cause damage or blood clots?

Doctor Answers 3

Home vein treatments are not advised - Buffalo Niagara NY

Don't do what you suggested, i.e. 'draining a vein' as this will cause a blood borne infection. 

I saw a patient once who heated a needle and stuck it in her veins and developed infective thrombophlebitis and blood borne sepsis with MRSA which destroyed her aortic valve. She required replacement of her aortic valve. She also developed a stroke from the infected bacterial vegetations that embolized to her brain. 

Buffalo Phlebologist
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Vein Treatment

Don’t do this at home, or anywhere.  There is nothing to be gained by draining the vein.  It can cause damage, infection, and blood clots.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, you can, but it will come right back.

Varicose veins are formed due to damaged valves of the venous system that allow pooling of the blood with resulting enlargement of the vessels.  Unless you address the underlying problem (the damaged vessels), simply "draining" the vessel by aspirating blood from the varicose vein will not achieve any lasting results.  You may cause damages in forms of possible infection, bruising, hematoma, pain, and clot formation (thrombosis) of the vessels.  There are well established and effective treatments for varicose veins, such as Sclerotherapy, endoveous laser treatment, or possible transcutaneous (non invasive) laser treatment if vessels are small enough.  Please do seek for professional help rather than contemplating sticking a needle to your veins.  Best of luck.

Rina Shinn, MD
Pueblo General Surgeon
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