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Can someone on blood thinners have vein surgery?
Yes they may need to be temporarily stopped or adjusted though.
Michael D. Ingegno MD
First, the term "blood thinners" is an inappropriate term unfortuantely used by some in health care which misleads the patient about what the drugs actuallly do. You are referring to anti-coagulants which slow down the formation of clot within the blood vessels. They do not "thin" the blood.
Endovenous thermal ablation with LASER or radiofrequency and microphlebectomy can be performed safely while a patient remains therapeutically anti-coagulated.
Stephen F. Daugherty, MD, FACS, RVT, RPhS
Absolutely. I routinely do laser ablation and microphlebectomies on patients who are on blood thinners. I would not recommend ligation and stripping while on blood thinners, however.