Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Thursday, 09 May 2013 02:07 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: Are spider veins caused by weak vessel walls, high blood pressure, or simply genetics? Will exercise help, or are there any diets or supplements that can address this condition? I’m also interested to know if new treatments are available for varicose veins other than stripping?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
The tendency toward having spider veins appears to have a genetic base. No amount of exercise, dietary changes, or supplements will make any difference.
 
Old-fashioned vein stripping is radical and now we  favor selective endoscopic vein excision in cases where saline ablation and laser management have not been successful. Scars are minimal and these procedures are much safer and more cosmetically appealing to most patients.

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