Varicose veins are an extremely common condition that affects over 50 to 60 million people in United States alone. Aside from the cosmetic concern, it has the potential to cause serious complications, costing health care billions of dollars annually.My intention was to write a book about varicose veins, easily understood by people not in the medical field and also explain all the treatment options available today.Unfortunately large numbers of unnecessary procedures are done to treat varicose veins every day, which may not be effective or medically indicated with unacceptable cosmetic results. I have treated many unhappy patients who have had their veins surgically stripped by long, unsightly scars only to have more varicose veins shortly afterward. Seeing over a thousand patients with varicose veins every year, it is clear to me that great majority of those with varicosities are not fully informed about all treatment options and also the long-term drawbacks of present operations.Questions raised in this book are the most frequently asked questions I encounter in my practice. The answers have been kept intentionally simple yet scientific to avoid any lengthy and complex discussion.This book is not intended to teach the entire spectrum of varicose veins to public, rather it is intended to give basic yet useful and simple answers to questions you all may have and also guide you to choose the best course to treat your varicose veins. Whether it is admitted or not, the cosmetic aspect of varicose veins and spiders plays a very significant role in choosing the type of treatment one might select.Dr. Heshmat Majlessi has been a General and Vascular surgeon for 22 years. He is fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He has been involved with the treatment of varicose veins for 18 years and has given lectures in Europe and United States regarding this subject.He is the director of Park Avenue Vein Center and Rye Vein-Laser Center in New York.