There is one absolute contra- indication, i.e.,
previous phlebitis of the deep veins. In all other
cases the operator must combine judgment and knowledge
of general medicine, and if there are other methods of
curing or relieving the varicose condition, he ought
not to allow his zeal for the injection method of treatment
to outrun hie discretion.
The advantages of this method of treatment.
1. It is safe. So far I know of no case of embolus
in cases treated on the lines I have indicated.
2. It is ambulatory: The patient can remain at work.
It is only in a small percentage of cases that
rest in bed is necessary and even then two or three
days are sufficient. Of course I exclude here
those patients whose mentality urges there to go to
bed when they suffer the slightest pain or inconvenience.
3. It is curative: if the patient will persevere
one can guarantee a cure in all those cases where
proper selection and judgment have indicated the
necessity for treatment.