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An often overlooked aspect of vein treatment is the question of where to be treated—at a hospital or clinic. There are important differences, and knowing them can help you make the best decision. The following graphs show you the pros and cons of each treatment. But the difference essentially boils down to this: the main reason to be treated at a hospital is when your vein disease is significant enough that you’re better served in a hospital facility, where you would likely receive general anesthesia (as opposed to local or no anesthesia). But don’t worry, we’ll assess your needs and give you our best recommendation of where to be treated.

Inpatient vein treatment at a hospital

Pros
  • Access to a hospital, should complications arise
  • More professionals attending to your procedure
  • Treatment options for more severe vein conditions
Cons
  • Considerably higher costs
  • Risks of receiving general sedation
  • Longer recovery
  • More paperwork
  • Higher costs of diagnosing and follow-up care

Outpatient treatment at a vein clinic or office

Pros
  • Significantly lower costs
  • More specially trained staff
  • Less invasive treatments
  • Comfort and personalized care
  • No costs, risks or recovery time from due to general anesthesia
  • Equal to greater treatment outcomes compared to inpatient treatment
Cons
  • Fewer professionals attending the procedure